Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 138 inches (243.84 x 350.52 cm)
 
 

CURATED BY MIKE KELLEY AND DAN NADEL

PRISM is pleased to present the first retrospective exhibition of artwork created by the original members of Destroy All Monsters, the Ann Arbor-based performance/music/art group comprised of Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara and Jim Shaw. Destroy All Monsters was unique for having produced a distinct body of work while documenting itself in the act of its own creation. The themes of the work span grotesque figuration, ecstatic pop imagism, apocalyptic play-acting, gothic dreamscapes, and full-on horror. On view will be drawings, prints and photographs by Kelley; paintings, drawings and unique photocopy prints by Jim Shaw; photographs and collages by Cary Loren; works on paper by Niagara;  and a more recent mural memorializing the group's time and place. Much of this work is being exhibited for the first time; Kelley, Niagara, and Loren are producing new print editions for the occasion.

Accompanying the exhibition is a 312-page catalogue co-published with PictureBox and edited by Mike Kelley and Dan Nadel, with an essay by Nicole Rudick.

PRISM is a Participating Gallery of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

 

Two color etching with aquatint, 18 x 23.5 inches (45.7 x 59.7 cm) Unique two color lithograph, 24 x 17 inches (61 x 43.2 cm) Mixed media, 24 x 21.2 inches (61 x 53.8 cm) Pigment print, edition of 15 40 x 32.5 inches (101.6 x 76.8 cm) Pigment Print on enchanced matte paper, edition of 100 30 x 44 inches (76.2 x 118.8 cm) Pigment prints on German Etching paper, edition of 15 14 x 9 1/2 sheet (35.6 x 24.1 cm) Marker on file card, 6 x 7 inches (15.2 x 17.8 cm) Marker on file card, 6 x 7 inches (15.2 x 17.8 cm) Pigment Print, 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Chromogenic print, 30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61 cm) Silver gelatin print on fiber paper, 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm) Silver gelatin on fiber paper, 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm) Silver gelatin print on fiber paper, 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm) Silver gelatin print on fiber paper, 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm) Graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, and crayon on paper, 18 x 11 inches (45.7 x 27.9 cm) Colour Pencil Pen and ink, 19 x 16.5 inches (48.3 x 41.9 cm) Watercolour on paper, 27 x 23 inches (68.6 x 58.4 cm) Watercolour on paper, 24 x 22 inches (61 x 55.9 cm) Blueprint, 21.12 x 15 inches (53.7 x 38.1 cm) Black and white photograph, series of 4 photographs, 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Street Flyer, 10.5 x 8.75 inches (26.7 x 21 cm) Blueprint, 14.12 x 21 inches (37.8 x 53.3 cm) Ink and pencil on paper, 17.5 x 23.5 inches (44.5 x 59.7 cm) Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Installation View, 2011 Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 138 inches (243.84 x 350.52 cm)