Mike Kelley was found dead in his Los Angeles and Police are still investigating and did not immediately have a cause of death.. Kelley , one of the most critical artists of his generation has had major one-person exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Louvre, and MUMOK, Vienna among others. He was in the process of putting together a show for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and had recently been selected for the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
Times art critic Christopher Knight wrote in 1994, “Kelley is an avatar of the power and humanity inherent in recognizing the radical impurity of human experience. His art searches out dark and soiled places where defects, fault lines and inadequacies are obvious and routine, and where failure takes on the poignant, fragile, even heartbreaking beauty that accompanies any loss of self.”
His work spanned multiple mediums over the years, including drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and video. And one of his contributions was pushing the boundaries of installation art to pack subversive themes and unruly mediums into a single space, however uncomfortable for museum and gallery goers.