By David Ng
8:00 AM PDT, September 26, 2012
Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley, who died earlier this year, is being remembered with a number of tributes from art institutions around the country. The artist, 57, was found dead in South Pasadena in late January in an apparent suicide.
A major retrospective of Kelley's work is expected to come to the U.S. after first opening in Europe. "Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years," is scheduled to debut in Amsterdam at the Stedelijk Museum in December. The show is expected to travel to MoMA PS1 in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., according to the site GalleristNY, but dates haven't been announced.
The recently opened Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Hollywood said this week that it will pay tribute to Kelley by hosting an installation of the artist's "Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites" — a large-scale work that consists of colorful stuffed animals orbiting a spherical mass.
The installation is scheduled to run Nov. 2 to Dec. 15. The gallery said it is the first time that "Deodorized" has been fully exhibited since 1999. The Watermill Center on Long Island recently ran a tribute exhibition to the late artist.
Kelley was from Detroit but spent most of his life working in the L.A. area.
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