Mike Kelley - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, May 13, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, New York; Galerie Oliver Schweden, Munich; Private collection, Germany

  • Literature


  • Catalogue Essay

    "If Duchamp once likened his method to ‘sketching on chance’ Kelley clearly draws on repression. The return, animation and imaginary cross-breeding of the repressed is stitched across the center of his defiantly heterogenous project. Whether it is noise repressed by music, craft by fine art, desire by conduct, or objects and ideas repressed by the codes of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, Kelley’s impulse is to liberate, then free-associate with their traces, and mongrelize their syntactical relation. It is in this sense that he looks to Hans Bellmer’s dolls for the notion of the body as anagram: the body as a kind of sentence that can be scrambled again and again. Here, the sentence of experience is recalled through the syntax of remembered moments," (J. Welchman, “The Art of Repression,” Mike Kelley, London, 1999, p. 57).


Estral Star


Handsewn found stuffed cloth animal with buttons.

24 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (62.2 x 19.1 x 9 cm).

Signed “M. Kelley” on the reverse.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $98,500

Contemporary Art Part I

14 May 2009, 7pm
New York