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Mike Kelley

Goethe Quote, 1992

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B/W photograph with silkscreened mat
in black wooden frame with Plexiglas,
25 x 17 1/2” (63,7 x 44,7 cm),
Ed. 60/XX, signed and numbered

A tawdry imagination. Intellectual noblesse combined with thriftstore fetishism leaves a Goethe quote wobbling on the brink.


“The man cracking the circus whip, the one encouraging our higher officials to jump through hoops is Mr. Kelley; for some time now, Kelley has been herding toy animals and homemade dolls into his wall reliefs and sculptural tableaux, training them to perform intellectual feats, parrot artistic statements, to act out his fantasies about the world and how it works.” Lane Relyea Parkett No. 31, 1992