Lot 6
  • 6

Mike Kelley

400,000 - 600,000 USD
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  • Mike Kelley
  • Craft Morphology Flow Chart
  • each signed, numbered 2/2 and dated 1991 on the reverse
  • black and white photographs in artist's frames, in 60 parts
  • each: 17 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. 43.8 x 31.8 cm. (framed dimensions)
  • Executed in 1991, this work is number 2 from an edition of 2, and is a unique variation as edition 1 of 2 was conceived as a room installation for the Carnegie International.


Rosamund Feldman Gallery, Los Angeles
Metro Pictures, New York
Private Collection
Christie's New York, November 19, 1997, Lot 374
Galerie de France, Paris
Acquired by the present owner from the above


Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Lieux communs, Figures singulières, October 1991 - January 1992, p. 28, illustrated
Bordeaux, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain, Mike Kelley: Oeuvres de 1971 à 1991, September - November, 1992 (ed. no. 1/2)


Exh. Cat. Pittsburgh, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie International, 1991, p. 58, illustrated (ed. no. 1/2)
Exh. Cat., Basel, Kunsthalle Basel (and traveling), Mike Kelley, 1992, pp. 91-95, illustrated (ed. no. 1/2)
Brooks Adams, "Mike Kelley ou l'esthetique de l'echec," Art Press, Paris, June 1992, p. 32 illustrated
John Miller, Mike Kelley, New York, 1992, pp. 52-61, illustrated (ed. no. 1/2)
Elisabeth Sussman, Mike Kelley, Catholic Tastes, New York, 1993, p. 33, illustrated (ed. no. 1/2)
Exh. Cat., Barcelona, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (and traveling), Mike Kelley 1985 - 1996, 1997, cat. no. 10, pp. 56-65, illustrated (ed. no. 1/2)
Mike Kelley, Thomas Kellein - A Conversation, Stuttgart, 1994, p. 33, illustrated (ed. no. 1/2)
Yves Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss, L'informe-mode d'emploi, Paris, 1996, p. 240, illustrated, (ed. no. 1/2)
John C. Welchman, Isabelle Graw and Anthony Vidler, Mike Kelley, London, 1999, pp. 28, 30-31, illustrated in color (installation at Carnegie Museum of Art, 1991) and p. 29 (detail, ed. no. 1/2)
Exh. Cat., Brussels, Wiels Contemporary Art Center (and travelling), Mike Kelley: Educational Complex Onwards 1995-2008, 2008, pp. 268-269, illustrated in color (ed. no. 1/2)

Catalogue Note

One of Mike Kelley's most important works, Craft Morphology Flow Chart was created in only two variations. The first was conceived within a spectacularly ambitious room installation created for the critically acclaimed 1991 Carnegie International. Within this installation,  the 60 black and white photographs were installed along with 113 stuffed dolls. This installation is presently in the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The present work, is the second variation. While unique in that it is deliberately devoid of the dolls, each photograph is the same to its editioned counterpart - with each black and white photograph clinically replicating individual images of the hand-stuffed toys aligned with rulers which bear a deliberate psychological and anthropological suggestion of dead relics.