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Mike Kelley
1954 - 2012
HERMAPHRODITE WAR VICTIM
graphite, ink and collage on paper
87 by 177 cm. 35 1/4 by 69 5/8 in.
Executed in 2006.
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Provenance

Gagosian Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

London, Gagosian Gallery, Mike Kelley Hermaphrodite Drawings, February - March 2007, n.p., no. XII, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

"I do think my works are becoming more and more sexual. Earlier, I kept away from the sexual, or it was very buried. Now its buriedness is obvious, so that you know you’re looking at sublimated objects. They reek of sex, yet nothing is openly erotic. I’ve always been interested in the signs of repressed sex" (Mike Kelley in conversation with Isabelle Graw, in: Georges Bataille, Charles Fort and Isabelle Graw, Mike Kelley, London 1999, p. 23).

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