MoMA Acquires Significant Mike Kelley Stuffed Animal Installation for $4.15 million
New York’s Museum of Modern Art has purchased the late Mike Kelley’s large scale stuffed animal installation Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, according to the Wall Street Journal, for $4.15 million. The work was sold at Philips in 2006 to Peter Brant for $2.7 million and more recently was on the market for $5.5 million. Kelley was a multi-talented Los Angeles-based artist currently the subject of a retrospective that last opened December at Amsterdam’s newly renovated Stedelijk Museum and will open at Paris’s Centre Pompidou in May before continuing on to PS1 in New York and finally LA MOCA. His life, final days and suicide are covered in the compelling and beautifully written Wall Street Journal Magazine article The Escape Artist.