• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 1107

    Post-War and Contemporary Art (Day Auction)

    14 February 2013, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    Mike Kelley (1954-2012)

    Wood Nymph

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Mike Kelley (1954-2012)
    Wood Nymph
    felt collage on felt
    95 3/8 x 60in. (242 x 152.5cm.)
    Executed in 1988


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    Created in 1988 for Mike Kelleys exhibition Half a Man, Wood Nymph is a striking work and an example of the artists celebrated ability to probe the boundaries between abstraction, representation, and meaning. Executed in brightly coloured felt, Wood Nymph is rich with energy, colour and verve. Vibrant fuchsia and burnished gold collide in a celebration of abstract form, suggesting the image of a woodland nymph, but also remaining undefined allowing for a variety of interpretations, in much the same way as the inkblot prints associated with the Rorschach method. A bold, colourful construction, the present work typifies Kelleys renowned balance between cultural authority and childlike humour which renders his work so subversive.

    Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York.
    C. P. Abod, Bethesda.
    Thea Westreich Associates, New York.
    Private Collection, London.
    Anon. sale, Christie's New York, 14 November 2002, lot 321.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    IMAGINATION BECOMES REALITY
    A SELECTION OF WORKS FROM THE GOETZ COLLECTION SOLD TO BENEFIT CHARITY PROJECTS


    Exhibited

    New York, Metro Pictures, Half a Man, 1988.
    Munich, Sammlung Goetz, Mike Kelley, 2008-2009 (illustrated in colour, p. 23; installation view illustrated in colour, pp. 16-17, 70-71 and 80-81).