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Mike Kelley

Halo of Mastery

  • Year1989
  • MaterialAcrylic on paper
  • Dimensions153 x 181.5 cm
  • Year of acquisition1992
  • Inventory numberUAB 220
  • On viewGround floor
  • Copyright© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn [2023]

More about the artwork

Throughout his art, Kelley maintained an obsessive interest in popular culture. “I came from a milieu,” Kelley said, “In which artists were despised, whereas rock musicians and drug dealers were hipster culture heroes.” The drawing “Halo of Mastery” (1989) shows two American football players in awe of rock musician Ted Nugent. Like Kelley, Nugent was born in Michigan and spent his formative years around Detroit. Emphasizing the erotic component of celebrity culture, Kelley draws attention to the musician’s tight white pants, and the multiple obscenities contained therein—from genitalia to feces.

Further artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2005, UAB 489aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2005 Upper floor
2-teilige Zeichnung mit Graphit und Wasserfarbe auf Papier, auf der in der Mitte nur mit Schuhen bekleidete Frau mit erschrecktem Gesicht von links nach rechts rennt. Um sie herum sind weitere Figuren zu erkennen.
Kara Walker Yesterdayness in America Today, 2020 Ground floor
Malerei von Nicole Eisenman, die zwei Figuren mit einer Katze in einem Biergarten zeigen
Nicole Eisenman Beer Garden with Ulrike and Celeste, 2009 Basement floor
Cy Twombly, Lepanto I, 2001, UAB 469Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto I, 2001 Upper floor
Cy Twombly , Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 645
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 Upper floor