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 R.I.P. Mike Kelley
Author: breno 
Date:   02-01-12 16:06

More crappy news.

http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/758572/legendary-artist-mike-kelley-dead-at-58-an-apparent-suicide

Could've sworn Destroy All Monsters had a full entry here, but I guess not.



Post Edited (02-01-12 16:10)

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 Re: R.I.P. Mike Kelley
Author: zoo 
Date:   02-01-12 16:47

Sad. I've never heard of him, but that's not saying much.

I as a bit taken aback by this quote in the article:

"It is totally shocking that someone would decide to do this, someone who has success and renown and options," said Winer. "It's extremely sad." She added that the artist had been depressed.


So...if he didn't have success and renown, would his suicide have been not so shocking?

Everyone of us has options.

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 Re: R.I.P. Mike Kelley
Author: MrFab 
Date:   02-01-12 17:32

I know he's probably best known 'round these parts for Destroy All Monsters, but him and Jim Shaw's (I frequently get the two of them mixed up) art is among my favorites. They barged into the art world the way 'Mad' did publishing, and punk did music, a riot of thrift-store crap, trash culture references, and irreverent humor. The Ramones of art. Pretty funny (and ironic) to see his stuff (alongside Raymond Pettibone) in the very institutions of 'high culture' they were so alienated from in the '70s and '80s.

So, yeah, this is sad news for me, in case you hadn't guessed...

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 Re: R.I.P. Mike Kelley
Author: dj45rpm 
Date:   02-01-12 19:15

The fact that one of the Fair brothers was wearing a "Destroy All Monsters" shirt on the cover of Half Japanese's "Greatest Hits" sez it all.

Rest in peace Mr. Kelley. :(

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