Mike Kelley - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles
    Sale: Christie's, New York, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Afternoon Session, November 16, 2006, lot 427
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Basel, Kunsthalle, Mike Kelley, April 5 - May 24, 1992; Portikus, Frankfurt, April 4 - May 3, 1992
    London, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Mike Kelley, June 9 - July 9, 1992

  • Catalogue Essay

    In Mike Kelley’s Monkey Island series, he informally suggests cohesive scenarios comprising fantasy, mystery, mythology, geography, biology and archeology. The work is at once psychological and comedic as well as mystical and poetic. Kelley describes “Monkey Island” as “an epic poem... a sailor’s tale. It’s a physiognomic landscape travelogue that seems to dwell mostly in the sexual region.”
    (C. Rickey, Art in America, May 1981).


Universe, Frog and Mouth Full of Food (from Monkey Island)

acrylic on paper
54 1/2 x 42 in. (138.4 x 106.7 cm)

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $98,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York