Mike Kelley (b. 1954)
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE GERMAN COLLECTION
Mike Kelley (b. 1954)

The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter) #10: The Decay of Year-End

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Mike Kelley (b. 1954)
The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter) #10: The Decay of Year-End
signed, titled and dated 'M. Kelley 1994 #10' (on the reverse)
acrylic, coloured pencil and ink on board
62 3/8 x 40in. (158.6 x 101.6cm.)
Executed in 1994
Provenance
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Exhibited
Cologne, Jablonka Galerie, The Thirteen Seasons, 1995.

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After a prolific 15 year period of performance, multi-media and conceptual art, Kelley returned to his original training and to painting in 1994 - The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter) #10: The Decay of Year-End belongs to one of his most celebrated series of paintings. The present lot, an oval-shaped painting executed on wood harks back to Kelley's work from his student days: 'I decided to go back to my originating trauma- my student training- and I took all these drawings, which are perversions of Hoffmanesque compositional principles that I did in college, and I re-learned to paint that way. In trauma literature the part you can't remember or the time of trauma is called 'missing time,' and then you recover it. So I re-learned to paint in this manner and did a series called the 'Thirteen Seasons' in this regressive manner.' (The artist cited at http://www.pbs.org/art21/slideshow/?slide=840&artindex=167)

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