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Mike Kelley's art students remember their mentor with fondness
Mike Kelley's art students remember their mentor with fondness

In 1992, the acerbic polymath Mike Kelley took a teaching position at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. With his midcareer retrospective, "Catholic Tastes," set to show at the Whitney the next year, Kelley was a freshly minted art star, embarking on a decade that would see him accomplish some of his most high-profile work, including collaborations with Paul McCarthy, his brethren in the grotesque, and the Educational Complex (1995), a haunting fusion of every school he attended, as well as his childhood home, chillingly rendered as an architectural model.Working as a teacher was the kind of contrarian move Kelley, a native of Detroit, often favored throughout his career. In Kelley's...

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