Missed and Mythical

February 1st, 2012

“…Mr. Kelley’s art inscribes an enormous universe of good and evil, nature and culture; no fact of life or train of thought is beyond its ranting yet mystical reach. American history, psychology, yoga, scatology and bad jokes are just a few of its subjects. They are usually broached in terms that stridently question the complacency and hypocrisy of both High Art and High Morals, and side with the young and the restless and the mistreated. One of the show’s strangest works is a dresser so densely collaged with magazine images of women’s eyes and lips that it seems alive with barnacles, not to mention adolescent anxiety of both the male and female variety.” -Roberta Smith, “Mike Kelley’s Messages: Mixed and Mystical,” NY Times

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