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Mike Kelley gets hometown retrospective two years after death

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 01:29

Apr. 1 - A retrospective of late artist Mike Kelley comes home to Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art. Tara Cleary reports.

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Mike Kelley's "More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and the Wages of Sin", possibly his most famous work. It's part of a retrospective on the influential artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, two years after Kelley took his own life. Exhibition curator, Ann Goldstein began assembling the 250-plus work show with Kelley in 2008 as a thematic retrospective, but had to finish it alone after the artist's suicide in 2012. SOUNDBITE: Ann Goldstein, exhibition curator, saying (English): "Maybe because the work was suddenly concluded, suddenly brutally finished, there was a sense that let's look at this work more chronologically, let's look at this work through its bodies of work." The idiosyncratic artist is best known for his work with found objects that evoke and question memories from youth. And the Museum's curator, Bennett Simpson, says Kelley didn't shy away from potentially thorny subjects like politics, gender and American culture. SOUNDBITE: Bennett Simpson, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, saying (English): "I think that there are very few contemporary artists in the world that are as kind of unsentimental as Mike Kelley was. I think his work pulls back the curtain, lifts up the carpet, opens the basement door, and is not afraid to look at very difficult things." The exhibition runs through July 28th.

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Mike Kelley gets hometown retrospective two years after death

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 01:29