New York Magazine Names Mike Kelley’s PS1 Show One of the Year’s 10 Best

Mike Kelley, 'Catholic Birdhouse,' painted wood and composite shingles, 55.9 cm x 47 cm x 47 cm, 1978. | Private Collection, New York. Photo courtesy of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Mike Kelley, 'Catholic Birdhouse,' painted wood and composite shingles, 55.9 cm x 47 cm x 47 cm, 1978. | Private Collection, New York. Photo courtesy of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York Magazine and formerly of The Village Voice, named the Mike Kelley retrospective at MoMA’s PS1 as one of New York’s 10 best of the year.

The exhibition, which features more than 250 works from the late Kelley (Art MFA 78)—a CalArts alumnus and former faculty member—runs through Feb. 2, 2014, in Long Island City, New York, before opening at MoCA in Los Angeles in March. To date, it remains the largest installation that PS1 has ever organized.

Saltz writes: “There are few young artists who don’t owe the late Mike Kelley some gratitude. This building-filling show proves that he remains the rare talent who could fill up PS1 and still make you want more….”

Here is Saltz’s Top 10“-ish”:

  1. Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, curated by Phong Bui at Industry City
  2. Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1
  3. Boxer at Rest at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  4. Carol Bove, RA, or Why Is an Orange Like a Bell? and Qor Corporation: Lionel Ziprin, Harry Smith and the Inner Language of Laminates at Maccarone (organized with Philip Smith)
  5. Lucy Dodd at David Lewis Gallery
  6. Ragnar Kjartansson, A Lot of Sorrow and The Visitors at MoMA PS1 and Luhring Augustine
  7. Eleanor Ray at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
  8. Larry Bamburg at Simone Subal
  9. Katherine Bernhardt at the Hole
  10. In the Affirming Spirit of Surviving Sandy, Seven Artists and Events That Made New York Great This Year: Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci MonumentTrisha Baga at Greene Naftali and the Whitney; William Copley and Bjarne Melgaard at Venus Over ManhattanTrisha Donnelly at MoMA and Rosemarie Trockel at the New Museum, lingering from the end of 2012; adding, “and Banksy’s month of art in New York. Just kidding about that last one.”

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