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February 03, 2012

Mike Kelley

Link to Christopher Knight's appreciation of Mike Kelley.

Unlike half of LA and the art world in general, I didn't know Mike Kelley personally, but I'm feeling a sense of loss usually reserved for people I knew well. I liked his art a lot, but I don't own any catalogs of his work. I didn't make a point of seeing every exhibit he was in, but I was always compelled to spend time with his work when I saw it. It's hard to to put a finger on why his death has made me sadder than most. It was way too early to lose him.

My heart goes out to his friends and family.

Mike Kelley, "The Escaped Bird," 1987

2 comments :

Mery Lynn said...

I felt the same way when Mark Lombardi committed suicide. Rare talent should be eternal, right?

Mary Addison Hackett said...

Yes.