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BRIEF: Metro Detroit native Kelley gets retrospective at L.A. museum

June 8, 2014

By Steve Byrne, Detroit Free Press

June 08--The wildly prolific and diversely subversive artist Mike Kelley is the subject of a massive and career-spanning retrospective at the prestigious MOCA in Los Angeles.

The metro Detroit-reared Kelley was described as one of the most important artists of his generation, and the MOCA exhibit is the largest-ever display of his work. He committed suicide in 2012 in California at the age of 57.

With its video installations, sculptures, photos, paintings and repurposings of common objects, the exhibit reveals an almost mind-boggingly complex artist rampaging against surface interpretations of modern life.

Also included is his "Mobile Homestead" -- a life-size re-creation of Kelley's childhood home in Wayne -- that normally resides at MOCAD in Detroit.

"Mobile Homestead" is the most obvious nod to his roots, but the show is replete with them, including a large sculpture made of glass and ceramics recovered from the Detroit River.

The retrospective continues until July 28. "Mobile Homestead" is scheduled to return to metro Detroit in the fall.


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