Mike Kelley: Foul Perfection: Essays and Criticism / Minor Histories: Statements, Conversations, Proposals (2003-2004)

14 September 2019, dusan

Collected writings Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley. The first volume contains his critical writings and commentary, the latter focuses on his own work.

“The work of artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) embraced performance, installation, drawing, painting, video, and sculpture. Drawing distinctively on high art and vernacular traditions, including historical research, popular culture, and psychology, Kelley came to prominence in the 1980s with a series of sculptures composed of craft materials. His more recent work offered dialogues with architecture and with repressed memory syndrome, and a sustained inquiry into his own aesthetic and social history. The subjects on which Kelley wrote are as varied as his artistic media. They include the work of fellow artists, sound, caricature, the uncanny, UFOlogy, and gender-bending.

While the first volume, Foul Perfection, contains thematic essays and writings about other artists; the second collection concentrates on Kelley’s own work, ranging from texts in ‘voices’ that grew out of scripts for performance pieces to expository critical and autobiographical writings.”

Edited by John C. Welchman
Publisher MIT Press, 2003 and 2004
Writing Art series
ISBN 9780262112703, 0262112701 (1), 9780262112772, 0262112779 (2)
xx+238 and xxv+431 pages

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Ana Mendieta: A Retrospective (1987)

30 December 2018, dusan

“In 1985, Ana Mendieta died tragically. During her 36 years of life she produced a tremendous amount of work covering a range of activities that included performance, installation, and sculpture. Her death cut short her prolific career and left the art world and those who knew her void of a feisty, political, and passionate human being.

After Mendieta’s death, her sister and estate executer, Raquel Mendieta Harrington, formed an art advisory committee comprised of Mendieta’s friends to insure that her work would be compiled, catalogued, and exhibited. John Perreault and Petra Barreras del Rio were chosen to curate a retrospective exhibition of important selections representing a full range of work that had never before been presented together. The result was an exhibition held at the New Museum in New York City, November 1987 through January 1988. Ana Mendieta: A Retrospective affirmed the abundance, strength, and significance of Mendieta’s work.”

With essays by Petra Barreras del Rio and John Perrault.

Publisher New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1987
ISBN 0915557614, 9780915557615
85 pages

Exh. review: Michael Brenson (New York Times, 1987).

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Vojin Bakić (2008)

14 October 2018, dusan

This publication has been released on the occasion of the “Vojin Bakić” exhibition at the Grazer Kunstverein, curated by the Croatian collective WHW (What, How & for Whom) and Ana Bakić. Vojin Bakić (1915-1992) was a Yugoslav-Croat sculptor and architect. The book contains black-and-white illustrations and texts on the artist’s life and work by WHW and Milan Prelog, as well as an interview with Jerko Denegri on the work of Bakić.

Edited by What, How and for Whom/WHW
Publisher What, How and for Whom/WHW, Zagreb, and Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, 2008
61 pages

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