John Kelly

 

The Mirror Stages: Self-Portraits, 1979–2009

 May 20 - July 17, 2009
The Mirror Stages: Self-Portraits, 1979–2009 (2009)
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates
The Mirror Stages: Self-Portraits, 1979–2009 (2009)
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates
Evvive il Coltello (1985)
Acrylic with mixed media on paper
38h x 25w in (96.52h x 63.5w cm)
Evvive il Coltello (1985)
Acrylic with mixed media on paper
38h x 25w in (96.52h x 63.5w cm)
Self Portrait from "Divine Promiscue" (2003)
Oil on linen
20h x 16w in (50.8h x 40.64w cm)
Self Portrait from "Divine Promiscue" (2003)
Oil on linen
20h x 16w in (50.8h x 40.64w cm)
Self Portrait I (1979)
Oil pastel and graphite on vellum
24.5h x 18w in (62.23h x 45.72w cm)
Self Portrait I (1979)
Oil pastel and graphite on vellum
24.5h x 18w in (62.23h x 45.72w cm)
Waldemar (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.92w cm)
Waldemar (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.92w cm)
Self Portrait I (1980)
Graphite on vellum
24h x 17.5w in (60.96h x 44.45w cm)
Self Portrait I (1980)
Graphite on vellum
24h x 17.5w in (60.96h x 44.45w cm)
Self Portrait (2003)
Marker on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait (2003)
Marker on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait As Barbette (1926)
Oil on canvas
30h x 21w in (76.2h x 53.34w cm)
Self Portrait As Barbette (1926)
Oil on canvas
30h x 21w in (76.2h x 53.34w cm)
Self Portrait (1981)
Graphite on paper
14h x 15.5w in (35.56h x 39.37w cm)
Self Portrait (1981)
Graphite on paper
14h x 15.5w in (35.56h x 39.37w cm)
Self Portrait As Egon Schiele (1984)
Acrylic with mixed media on paper
38h x 25w in (96.52h x 63.5w cm)
Self Portrait As Egon Schiele (1984)
Acrylic with mixed media on paper
38h x 25w in (96.52h x 63.5w cm)
Untitled I (1981)
Acrylic on paper
8.5h x 11w in (21.59h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled I (1981)
Acrylic on paper
8.5h x 11w in (21.59h x 27.94w cm)
Found Found Found (1991)
Graphite on paper
16.5h x 14w in (41.91h x 35.56w cm)
Found Found Found (1991)
Graphite on paper
16.5h x 14w in (41.91h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled I (1977)
Ink on vellum
14h x 9.5w in (35.56h x 24.13w cm)
Untitled I (1977)
Ink on vellum
14h x 9.5w in (35.56h x 24.13w cm)
Untitled (from film stills, "Diary of Somnambulist") (In 7 Parts) (1995)
Oil on linen
12h x 16w in (30.48h x 40.64w cm)
Untitled (from film stills, "Diary of Somnambulist") (In 7 Parts) (1995)
Oil on linen
12h x 16w in (30.48h x 40.64w cm)
Self Portrait I (1982)
Acrylic on canvas
30h x 24w in (76.2h x 60.96w cm)
Self Portrait I (1982)
Acrylic on canvas
30h x 24w in (76.2h x 60.96w cm)
Untitled I (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled I (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled II (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled II (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait (1977)
Pencil on paper
14h x 11w in (35.56h x 27.94w cm)
Self Portrait (1977)
Pencil on paper
14h x 11w in (35.56h x 27.94w cm)
Restore This Man (1997)
Pencil on paper
11h x 11w in (27.94h x 27.94w cm)
Restore This Man (1997)
Pencil on paper
11h x 11w in (27.94h x 27.94w cm)
He Draws on a Piece of Glass (1997)
Pencil on paper
11h x 11w in (27.94h x 27.94w cm)
He Draws on a Piece of Glass (1997)
Pencil on paper
11h x 11w in (27.94h x 27.94w cm)
Self Portrait After Joni Mitchell (1996)
Oil on canvas
20.75h x 21w in (52.71h x 53.34w cm)
Self Portrait After Joni Mitchell (1996)
Oil on canvas
20.75h x 21w in (52.71h x 53.34w cm)
Untitled III (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.92w cm)
Untitled III (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.92w cm)
Untitled I (2002)
Ink on paper
13.5h x 10w in (34.29h x 25.4w cm)
Untitled I (2002)
Ink on paper
13.5h x 10w in (34.29h x 25.4w cm)
Self Portrait after Caravaggio's "Medusa" (2005)
Archival digital print on canvas
23h x 22w in (58.42h x 55.88w cm)
Self Portrait after Caravaggio's "Medusa" (2005)
Archival digital print on canvas
23h x 22w in (58.42h x 55.88w cm)
Self Portrait As Cupid (2006)
Archival digital print on canvas
28.25h x 22w in (71.76h x 55.88w cm)
Self Portrait As Cupid (2006)
Archival digital print on canvas
28.25h x 22w in (71.76h x 55.88w cm)
Self Portrait with Dagmar Tattoo (2005)
Oil on linen
24h x 20w in (60.96h x 50.8w cm)
Self Portrait with Dagmar Tattoo (2005)
Oil on linen
24h x 20w in (60.96h x 50.8w cm)
Self Portrait After Egon Schiele for Animation (1995)
Graphite on paper
25.5h x 19.5w in (64.77h x 49.53w cm)
Self Portrait After Egon Schiele for Animation (1995)
Graphite on paper
25.5h x 19.5w in (64.77h x 49.53w cm)
Self Portrait (1983)
Acrylic, ink, graphite, oil pastel on paper
25h x 19w in (63.5h x 48.26w cm)
Self Portrait (1983)
Acrylic, ink, graphite, oil pastel on paper
25h x 19w in (63.5h x 48.26w cm)
Untitled IV (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled IV (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled V (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Oil pastel and graphite on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled V (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Oil pastel and graphite on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait As Pierrot Nadar (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 3.75w in (45.72h x 9.53w cm)
Self Portrait As Pierrot Nadar (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 3.75w in (45.72h x 9.53w cm)
Self Portrait II (1979)
Graphite on paper
24h x 18w in (60.96h x 45.72w cm)
Self Portrait II (1979)
Graphite on paper
24h x 18w in (60.96h x 45.72w cm)
Self Portrait with Fir (1994)
Oil on canvas
30h x 21w in (76.2h x 53.34w cm)
Self Portrait with Fir (1994)
Oil on canvas
30h x 21w in (76.2h x 53.34w cm)
Self Portrait II (1982)
Acrylic and ink on paper
30h x 21w in (76.2h x 53.34w cm)
Self Portrait II (1982)
Acrylic and ink on paper
30h x 21w in (76.2h x 53.34w cm)
Self Portrait As Egon Schiele (1996)
Oil on canvas
30h x 24w in (76.2h x 60.96w cm)
Self Portrait As Egon Schiele (1996)
Oil on canvas
30h x 24w in (76.2h x 60.96w cm)
On the Death of Maria Callas (1977)
Pastel and graphite on paper
15.5h x 15.5w in (39.37h x 39.37w cm)
On the Death of Maria Callas (1977)
Pastel and graphite on paper
15.5h x 15.5w in (39.37h x 39.37w cm)
Untitled II (1977)
Oil pastel and graphite on paper
22h x 12.5w in (55.88h x 31.75w cm)
Untitled II (1977)
Oil pastel and graphite on paper
22h x 12.5w in (55.88h x 31.75w cm)
Gowestjungermann II (Berlin Series) (1984)
Oil pastel and ink on paper
18.25h x 14.25w in (46.36h x 36.2w cm)
Gowestjungermann II (Berlin Series) (1984)
Oil pastel and ink on paper
18.25h x 14.25w in (46.36h x 36.2w cm)
Self Portrait After Van Gogh (1979)
Oil, oil pastel and graphite on paper
25.5h x 18w in (64.77h x 45.72w cm)
Self Portrait After Van Gogh (1979)
Oil, oil pastel and graphite on paper
25.5h x 18w in (64.77h x 45.72w cm)
Egon (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.92w cm)
Egon (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.92w cm)
Self Portrait After Dopo Leonardo (1996)
Oil on canvas
30h x 21w in (76.2h x 53.34w cm)
Self Portrait After Dopo Leonardo (1996)
Oil on canvas
30h x 21w in (76.2h x 53.34w cm)
Artaud (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.92w cm)
Artaud (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.92w cm)
Anvil (1981)
Pencil on paper
11.5h x 11w in (29.21h x 27.94w cm)
Anvil (1981)
Pencil on paper
11.5h x 11w in (29.21h x 27.94w cm)
Self Portrait III (1982)
Spray paint, acrylic and ink on paper
24h x 19w in (60.96h x 48.26w cm)
Self Portrait III (1982)
Spray paint, acrylic and ink on paper
24h x 19w in (60.96h x 48.26w cm)
Self Portrait (1991)
Graphite on paper
10.5h x 14w in (26.67h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait (1991)
Graphite on paper
10.5h x 14w in (26.67h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait As Dagmar Onassis (1994)
Oil on canvas
32h x 25w in (81.28h x 63.5w cm)
Self Portrait As Dagmar Onassis (1994)
Oil on canvas
32h x 25w in (81.28h x 63.5w cm)
Self Portrait As Barbette (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
13.75h x 17.75w in (34.92h x 45.09w cm)
Self Portrait As Barbette (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
13.75h x 17.75w in (34.92h x 45.09w cm)
Untitled VI (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled VI (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait As Dopo Bellini (1996)
Oil on canvas
18h x 14w in (45.72h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait As Dopo Bellini (1996)
Oil on canvas
18h x 14w in (45.72h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled VII (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled VII (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled VIII (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled VIII (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)
Untitled II (2002)
Graphite and pastel on paper
11h x 10.25w in (27.94h x 26.04w cm)
Untitled II (2002)
Graphite and pastel on paper
11h x 10.25w in (27.94h x 26.04w cm)
Untitled  (1992)
Graphite on vellum
14h x 11w in (35.56h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled (1992)
Graphite on vellum
14h x 11w in (35.56h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled I (1980)
Graphite on paper
28.5h x 14.5w in (72.39h x 36.83w cm)
Untitled I (1980)
Graphite on paper
28.5h x 14.5w in (72.39h x 36.83w cm)
Untitled I (1979)
Ink on paper
23.75h x 18w in (60.33h x 45.72w cm)
Untitled I (1979)
Ink on paper
23.75h x 18w in (60.33h x 45.72w cm)
Untitled (1983)
Acrylic with mixed media on paper
38.5h x 25w in (97.79h x 63.5w cm)
Untitled (1983)
Acrylic with mixed media on paper
38.5h x 25w in (97.79h x 63.5w cm)
Self Portrait with Red Fist  (1982)
Ink, graphite and oil pastel on paper
30h x 22.25w in (76.2h x 56.52w cm)
Self Portrait with Red Fist (1982)
Ink, graphite and oil pastel on paper
30h x 22.25w in (76.2h x 56.52w cm)
Untitled (Film Still from "Diary of Somnambulist") (2003)
Oil on linen
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Untitled (Film Still from "Diary of Somnambulist") (2003)
Oil on linen
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Untitled I (1976)
Graphite on paper
19.75h x 13.5w in (50.17h x 34.29w cm)
Untitled I (1976)
Graphite on paper
19.75h x 13.5w in (50.17h x 34.29w cm)
Untitled II (1976)
Oil pastel on vellum
18.5h x 11w in (46.99h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled II (1976)
Oil pastel on vellum
18.5h x 11w in (46.99h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled VIIII (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pastel on paper
19.5h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.92w cm)
Untitled VIIII (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pastel on paper
19.5h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.92w cm)
Untitled X (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.92w cm)
Untitled X (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.5h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.92w cm)
Self Portrait II (1980)
Graphite on paper
14.5h x 12.5w in (36.83h x 31.75w cm)
Self Portrait II (1980)
Graphite on paper
14.5h x 12.5w in (36.83h x 31.75w cm)
Self Portrait as Punch (1981)
Mixed media on paper
38.25h x 25w in (97.16h x 63.5w cm)
Self Portrait as Punch (1981)
Mixed media on paper
38.25h x 25w in (97.16h x 63.5w cm)
Self Portrait with Book (1978)
Graphite on paper
12.5h x 10.75w in (31.75h x 27.31w cm)
Self Portrait with Book (1978)
Graphite on paper
12.5h x 10.75w in (31.75h x 27.31w cm)
Self Portrait III (1980)
Oil on canvas
18h x 14w in (45.72h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait III (1980)
Oil on canvas
18h x 14w in (45.72h x 35.56w cm)
Study for Unfinished Painting (1980)
Pencil on paper
24h x 18w in (60.96h x 45.72w cm)
Study for Unfinished Painting (1980)
Pencil on paper
24h x 18w in (60.96h x 45.72w cm)
Untitled III (1977)
Graphite on paper
22.75h x 16.25w in (57.79h x 41.28w cm)
Untitled III (1977)
Graphite on paper
22.75h x 16.25w in (57.79h x 41.28w cm)
Akin; True But Dour (2005)
Oil on linen
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Akin; True But Dour (2005)
Oil on linen
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Split Focus (1982)
Mixed media on paper
22h x 30w in (55.88h x 76.2w cm)
Split Focus (1982)
Mixed media on paper
22h x 30w in (55.88h x 76.2w cm)
Caravaggio, Fruit Boy I (2006)
Archival digital print on canvas
21.75h x 36.25w in (55.25h x 92.08w cm)
Caravaggio, Fruit Boy I (2006)
Archival digital print on canvas
21.75h x 36.25w in (55.25h x 92.08w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "Supper at Emmaus" (2206)
Archival digital print on canvas
44h x 20w in (111.76h x 50.8w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "Supper at Emmaus" (2206)
Archival digital print on canvas
44h x 20w in (111.76h x 50.8w cm)
Double Self Portrait (1978)
Graphite on paper
24h x 17.5w in (60.96h x 44.45w cm)
Double Self Portrait (1978)
Graphite on paper
24h x 17.5w in (60.96h x 44.45w cm)
Mona (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.92w cm)
Mona (from Panel Series) (2005)
Ink on panel
18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.92w cm)
Gowestjungermann III (Berlin Series) (1984)
Oil pastel and ink on paper
18.75h x 14w in (47.63h x 35.56w cm)
Gowestjungermann III (Berlin Series) (1984)
Oil pastel and ink on paper
18.75h x 14w in (47.63h x 35.56w cm)
Self Portrait after Albrecht Dürer (1996)
Oil on canvas
21h x 16w in (53.34h x 40.64w cm)
Self Portrait after Albrecht Dürer (1996)
Oil on canvas
21h x 16w in (53.34h x 40.64w cm)
Untitled II (1979)
Green pencil on paper
18.75h x 16.5w in (47.63h x 41.91w cm)
Untitled II (1979)
Green pencil on paper
18.75h x 16.5w in (47.63h x 41.91w cm)
Untitled II (1980)
Oil pastel and graphite on vellum
17h x 13.5w in (43.18h x 34.29w cm)
Untitled II (1980)
Oil pastel and graphite on vellum
17h x 13.5w in (43.18h x 34.29w cm)
Untitled I (1993)
Graphite on paper
12.5h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled I (1993)
Graphite on paper
12.5h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled (1978)
Ink on paper
12.5h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled (1978)
Ink on paper
12.5h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled (Cast of Moondrunk) (2003)
Oil on linen
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Untitled (Cast of Moondrunk) (2003)
Oil on linen
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Untitled II (1981)
Graphite on paper
13h x 7w in (33.02h x 17.78w cm)
Untitled II (1981)
Graphite on paper
13h x 7w in (33.02h x 17.78w cm)
Untitled XI (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.75h x 13.25w in (50.17h x 33.66w cm)
Untitled XI (from Black and White Series) (1996)
Pencil on paper
19.75h x 13.25w in (50.17h x 33.66w cm)
Untitled II (1993)
Marker on paper
12.5h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w cm)
Untitled II (1993)
Marker on paper
12.5h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w cm)
Gowestjungermann III (Berlin Series) (1984)
Oil pastel and ink on paper
18.25h x 14.25w in (46.36h x 36.2w cm)
Gowestjungermann III (Berlin Series) (1984)
Oil pastel and ink on paper
18.25h x 14.25w in (46.36h x 36.2w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "St. John the Baptist" (2007)
Archival digital print on canvas
19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "St. John the Baptist" (2007)
Archival digital print on canvas
19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)
Self Portrait III (1979)
Oil pastel and graphite on paper
20.75h x 17w in (52.71h x 43.18w cm)
Self Portrait III (1979)
Oil pastel and graphite on paper
20.75h x 17w in (52.71h x 43.18w cm)
Untitled III (1983)
Oil pastel and ink on paper
28h x 23w in (71.12h x 58.42w cm)
Untitled III (1983)
Oil pastel and ink on paper
28h x 23w in (71.12h x 58.42w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "Penitent Magdalene" (2007)
Archival digital print on canvas
19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "Penitent Magdalene" (2007)
Archival digital print on canvas
19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "Bacchus" (2007)
Archival digital print on canvas
19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "Bacchus" (2007)
Archival digital print on canvas
19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "Narcissus" (2007)
Archival digital print on canvas
19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)
Self Portrait After Caravaggio's "Narcissus" (2007)
Archival digital print on canvas
19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)
Caravaggio, Fruit Boy II (2006)
Archival digital print on canvas
21.75h x 36.25w in (55.25h x 92.08w cm)
Caravaggio, Fruit Boy II (2006)
Archival digital print on canvas
21.75h x 36.25w in (55.25h x 92.08w cm)

About the Exhibition

Press Release PDF 608 K

May 20 - July 17, 2009

John Kelly
The Mirror Stages: Self-Portraits, 1979–2009
Alexander Gray Associates

Alexander Gray Associates presented a project with renowned performance artist, John Kelly. Since emerging on the East Village club scene in the early 1980s, Kelly’s enigmatic performance work has been presented at international venues and festivals. His performance work, blending elements of dance, story–telling, song and experimental theater, draw from fictional and historical figures and subject matter ranging from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the AIDS crisis to German Expressionist film. The cast of characters he has developed since the 1980s has morphed personal narrative with stylized and celebrated notables from Art History and culture, including the Mona Lisa, Caravaggio, Martha Graham, Egon Schiele, Jean Cocteau, and musical sources as varied as Gustav Mahler, Joni Mitchell, Robert Schumann, and Maria Callas.

A relatively unknown part of Kelly’s practice is his work as a visual artist. Since the 1970s, he has consistently created self-portraits, in the form of drawings, paintings, photographs and, more recently, with video. The studio time devoted to making these artworks is often a core part of the development of subsequent performance works. In the gallery exhibition, over 40 self–portraits were hung, salon–style, creating a portrait hall of Kelly’s many personae and faces, expressions and phases. Together, they showed Kelly’s sensitivity as a draftsman and painter, while providing psychological and stylistic threads through thirty years of dance, theater and music.

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