Mike Kelley: Ghost and Spirit


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2024.

ISBN: 9781849768979 Category:


TATE Modern Exhibition, 2 October 2024 – 9 March 2025
Mike Kelley (1954-2012) is widely considered one of the most influential artists of our time, with an irreverent and visionary practice that spanned and mixed performance, installation, drawing, painting, video, photography, sound, text and sculpture. Ghost and Spirit looks at his dense and colourful body of work, from early performances, to his iconic stuffed toy works, and on to his explorations of history, memory and trauma as they haunt our experiences of school or family. Asking prescient questions about how to exist among a world of media images, about the role of art and the artist, and about embodiment, Kelley adopted different personas and mediums, deliberately deflating his own status, and from his own position as a white, heterosexual man in postmodern, capitalist America, he challenged assumptions about identity, class and institutional authority. Bringing together a range of diverse perspectives which summon his ‘lingering influence’ (to paraphrase the artist), this book captures the complexity and persistent relevance of Kelley’s extraordinary practice.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17 x 23.5 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 30 July 2024
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Catherine Wood and Fiontán Moran
Dimensions 17 x 23.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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