Mike Kelley: Artist dead of apparent suicide

Mike Kelley.jpgInfluential artist Mike Kelley has passed away at his home in Los Angeles from an apparent suicide. He was 57 years old. "He was an artist who drew upon all the arts in terms of music, film, performance, drawing, sculpture and installation to simultaneously create a kind of visual and intellectual assault on your senses," Paul Schimmel, chief curator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art, tells Reuters.

"More than any other artist of his generation, he changed the perception of this city and helped make it the great international art city it is today," he said. "It's a terrible loss for his family and friends and for the artists of this community, which he's done so much to change and enrich," The band Sonic Youth featured his work on the cover and booklet of their 1992 record "Dirty." The Whitney Museum in New York City held a major retrospective of his work in 1993.

Los Angeles County Coroner's spokesman Ed Winter
said the artist had last been seen alive on Sunday. No suicide note was found in the home and there were no signs of trauma or foul play, he said. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
Photo/Video credit: Cameron Wittig / Courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis