Mike Kelley — Minor Histories : Statements, Conversations, Proposals

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Edited by John C. Welchman organizes Kelley’s writings into five sections: “Statements” consists of twenty pieces produced between 1984 and 2002 (most of which were written to accompany exhibitions), including “Ajax,” which draws on Homer, Colgate-Palmolive, and Longinus to present its eponymous hero; “Some Aesthetic High Points,” an exercise in autobiography that counters the standard artist bio included in catalogs and press releases; and a sequence of ” creative writings” that use mass cultural tropes in concert with high art mannerisms–approximating in prose the visual styles that characterize Kelley’s artwork. “Video Statements and Proposals” are introductions to videos made by Kelley and other artists, including Paul McCarthy and Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose. “Image-Texts” offers writings that accompany or are part of artworks and installations. This section includes “A Stopgap Measure,” Kelley’s zestful millennial essay in social satire, and “Meet John Doe,” a collage of appropriated texts…”

Published by MIT Press Cambridge, 2004. Squarish 8vo 23x17cm in publishers clothed hardcover, no jacket as issued. xxvi, 431 pages, with illustrations. Fine clean copy. First edition, hardcover

 

Mike Kelley — Minor Histories : Statements, Conversations, Proposals