Item description for Mike Kelley: Memory Ware, Wood Grain, Carpet by Emi Fontana Mike Kelley...
Description: Memory Ware, Wood Grain, Carpet: these three series, already experimented with by Mike Kelley in the past, are brought together in this insightful publication. Kelley consciously presents a nexus of works whose similar surface treatments and presentation inevitable evoke modernist painting history. According to Emi Fontana, "Popularly known as the master of exercises in garbage style, Kelley is in reality Mr. Clean. He situates his output within a wider system, that of recent modernist art history, appropriating modernism's structures, acting from within but without exercising the appropriational coldness common to the gestures of many American artists of his generation." Fifty-three images present Kelley's most recent works in vivid color.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.36" Width: 9.45" Height: 0.39" Weight: 1.59 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2005
ISBN 2940271658 ISBN13 9782940271658
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Influential Mike Kelley Monograph Dec 31, 2005
This was one of the first and best monographs of this most important of West Coast artists who is now enjoying a slight rennaissance. For years this was the only book available on Mike Kelley, other than thin catalogues of european shows. Luckily, with the advent of more writing on Kelley, we have come to find that indeed it was and is the best introduction to his work. We are introduced to Kelley's work via tons of lovely color photos, b & w personal photos of kelleys, lengthy interviews, and essays. Nothing is to hard to understand and the psychological subtexts of his work easily filters into the writing without confusion. His earliest collegiate work recieves just as good attention as his later sonic youth-era works, although I would have appreciated more discussion of his side project the influential noise band Destroy All Monsters. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the west coast art scene, and should probably be recquired reading for anyone taking a class on the subject.
If you do not know Mike Kelley, with this book you will. May 15, 2002
I have nothing but praise for Phaidon's publications. Each of their artist's books contain great documentations of the artwork, plus detailed writings by the artist and critics. If you are going to read a description of an artist's work, who better to explain it to you than the artist. This is especially true with Mike Kelley. He is well known for the writings he does for each of his works and he pulls no punches in his delivery.
Mike Kelley: Punk Conceptualist Sep 1, 2000
Mike Kelley's excellent catalog from Phaidon may be the most definitive work to date concerning the merging of Elite and Popular culture. Kelley's use of his own astute observations about the world in which we live to "debunk belief systems" and deflate popular pretentions is nothing short of revelatory. His pathetic stance in sculpture, drawing, performance, sound, and banner-making constitute total war on austerity. All modes of his work are well-documented here with color photography of installations and descriptions and criticism by some of the best in their fields.