Mike Kelley (La OR Los Angeles) Paul Mccarthy Tony Oursler John Miller

February 28, 2012 by staff 

Mike Kelley (La OR Los Angeles) Paul Mccarthy Tony Oursler John Miller, Michael Kelley, the famous American artist who was also known as Mike Kelly, has passed away at the age of 57. Mike Kelly was a veteran artist who mainly worked with found objects, textile banners, drawings, assemblage, collage, performance and video. He also collaborated with Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler and John Miller.

Mike Kelly passed away quite tragically at his home in South Pasadena and there are rumors that it could also be a suicide following a serious depression. One of the estate’s trustees, art historian John Welchman said, “We can’t confirm a suicide pending an autopsy or coroner’s report.” Hence a suicide will only be ruled out once the autopsy results are out.

Mike Kelley’s work was inspired by diverse sources such as history, philosophy, politics, underground music, decorative arts and working-class artistic expression. His art often examined class and gender issues as well as issues of normality, criminality and perversion. He was extremely well known amongst the artist community in Los Angeles.

Paul Schimmel, the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, called Kelley a “great advocate for artists as well as a great artist.” He was one of the most inspirational and sought after teachers at the Art Center College of Design. The chief curator continued to talk about him and said, “L.A. would not have become a great international capital of contemporary art without Mike Kelley. Of all the artists in the 1980s, he was the one who really broke out and established a new and complex identity for his generation.”

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