John Kelly

The Mirror Stages: Self-Portraits, 1979–2009

May 20 – July 17, 2009

The Mirror Stages: Self-Portraits, 1979–2009, Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates, 2009

Self Portrait as Cupid, 2006

Archival digital print on canvas, 28.25h x 22w in (71.76h x 55.88w cm)

Edition 1 of 2

Untitled I, 2002

Ink on paper

13.50h x 10w in (34.29h x 25.40w cm)

Untitled III (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pencil on paper

19.50h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.93w cm)

Self Portrait After Joni Mitchell, 1996

Oil On Canvas

20.75h x 21w in (52.71h x 53.34w cm)

He Draws on a Piece of Glass, 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)

Untitled I (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pencil on paper

19.50h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)

Untitled II (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pencil on paper

19.50h 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 I, 1982

Acrylic on Canvas

30h x 24w in (76.20h x 60.96w cm)

Untitled (from film stills, "Diary of Somnambulist"), 1995

In 7 Parts, Oil on linen

12h x 16w in (30.48h x 40.64w cm)

 

Found Found Found, 1991

Graphite on paper

16.50h x 14w in (41.91h x 35.56w cm)

Untitled I, 1977

Ink on Vellum

14h x 9.50w in (35.56h x 24.13w cm)

Untitled I, 1981

Acrylic on paper

8.50h x 11w in (21.59h x 27.94w cm)

Self Portrait as Egon Schiele, 1984

Acrylic with mixed media on paper

38h x 25w in (96.52h x 63.50w cm)

Self Portrait, 1981

Graphite on paper

14h x 15.50w in (35.56h x 39.37w cm)

Self Portrait as Barbette, 1926

Oil On Canvas

30h x 21w in (76.20h x 53.34w cm)

Self Portrait, 2003

Marker on paper

19.50h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)

Self Portrait I, 1980

Graphite on Vellum

24h x 17.50w in (60.96h x 44.45w cm)

Waldemar (from Panel Series), 2005

Ink on panel

18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.93w cm)

Self Portrait I, 1979

Oil pastel and graphite on vellum

24.50h x 18w in (62.23h x 45.72w cm)

Self Portrait from "Divine Promiscue", 2003

Oil on linen

20h x 16w in (50.80h x 40.64w cm)

Evvive il Coltello, 1985

Acrylic with mixed media on paper

38h x 25w in (96.52h x 63.50w cm)

Self Portrait after Caravaggio's "Medusa", 2005

Archival digital print on canvas, 23h x 22w in (58.42h x 55.88w cm)

Edition 1 of 2

Self Portrait with Dagmar Tattoo, 2005

Oil on linen

24h x 20w in (60.96h x 50.80w cm)

Self Portrait after Egon Schiele for Animation, 1995

Graphite on paper

25.50h x 19.50w in (64.77h x 49.53w cm)

Self Portrait, 1983

Acrylic, ink, graphite, oil pastel on paper

25h x 19w in (63.50h x 48.26w cm)

Untitled IV (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pencil on paper

19.50h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)

Untitled V (from Black and White Series), 1996

Oil pastel and graphite on paper

19.50h 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 II, 1979

Graphite on paper

24h x 18w in (60.96h x 45.72w cm)

Self Portrait II, 1982

Acrylic and ink on paper

30h x 21w in (76.20h x 53.34w cm)

Self Portrait with Fir, 1994

Oil On Canvas

30h x 21w in (76.20h x 53.34w cm)

Self Portrait as Egon Schiele, 1996

Oil On Canvas

30h x 24w in (76.20h x 60.96w cm)

On the Death of Maria Callas, 1977

Pastel and graphite on paper

15.50h x 15.50w in (39.37h x 39.37w cm)

Untitled II, 1977

Oil pastel and graphite on paper

22h x 12.50w 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 36.20w cm)

Self Portrait after Van Gogh, 1979

Oil, oil pastel and graphite on paper

25.50h 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 34.93w cm)

Self Portrait after Dopo Leonardo, 1996

Oil On Canvas

30h x 21w in (76.20h x 53.34w cm)

Artaud (from Panel Series), 2005

Ink on panel

18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.93w cm)

Anvil, 1981

Pencil on paper

11.50h 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, 1991

Graphite on paper

10.50h 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 63.50w cm)

Self Portrait as Barbette (from Panel Series), 2005

Ink on panel

13.75h x 17.75w in (34.93h x 45.09w cm)

Self Portrait as Dopo Bellini, 1996

Oil On Canvas

18h x 14w in (45.72h x 35.56w cm)

Untitled VI (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pencil on paper

19.50h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)

Self Portrait after Caravaggio's "Supper at Emmaus", 2206

Archival digital print on canvas

44h x 20w in (111.76h x 50.80w cm)

Edition 2 of 2

Caravaggio, Fruit Boy II, 2006

Archival digital print on canvas

21.75h x 36.25w in (55.25h x 92.08w cm)

Edition 2 of 2

Split Focus, 1982

Mixed Media On Paper

22h x 30w in (55.88h x 76.20w cm)

Akin: True but Dour, 2005

Oil on linen

16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.80w cm)

Untitled III, 1977

Graphite on paper

22.75h x 16.25w in (57.79h x 41.28w cm)

Self Portrait with Red Fist, 1982

Ink, graphite and oil pastel on paper

30h x 22.25w in (76.20h x 56.52w cm)

Study for Unfinished Painting, 1980

Pencil on paper

24h x 18w in (60.96h x 45.72w cm)

Self Portrait III, 1980

Oil On Canvas

18h x 14w in (45.72h x 35.56w cm)

Self Portrait with Book, 1978

Graphite on paper

12.50h x 10.75w in (31.75h x 27.31w cm)

Self Portrait as Punch, 1981

Mixed Media On Paper

38.25h x 25w in (97.16h x 63.50w cm)

Self Portrait II, 1980

Graphite on paper

14.50h x 12.50w in (36.83h x 31.75w cm)

Untitled X (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pencil on paper

19.50h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.93w cm)

Untitled VIIII (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pastel on Paper

19.50h x 13.75w in (49.53h x 34.93w cm)

Untitled II, 1976

Oil pastel on vellum

18.50h x 11w in (46.99h x 27.94w cm)

Untitled I, 1976

Graphite on paper

19.75h x 13.50w in (50.17h x 34.29w cm)

Untitled (Film Still from "Diary of Somnambulist"), 2003

Oil on linen

16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.80w cm)

Untitled, 1983

Acrylic with mixed media on paper

38.50h x 25w in (97.79h x 63.50w cm)

Untitled I, 1979

Ink on paper

23.75h x 18w in (60.33h x 45.72w cm)

Untitled I, 1980

Graphite on paper

28.50h x 14.50w in (72.39h x 36.83w cm)

Untitled, 1992

Graphite on Vellum

14h x 11w in (35.56h x 27.94w cm)

Untitled II, 2002

Graphite and pastel on paper

11h x 10.25w in (27.94h x 26.04w cm)

Untitled VIII (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pencil on paper

19.50h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)

Untitled VII (from Black and White Series), 1996

Pencil on paper

19.50h x 14w in (49.53h x 35.56w cm)

Self Portrait after Caravaggio's "Narcissus", 2007

Archival digital print on canvas, 19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)

Edition 1 of 5

Self Portrait after Caravaggio's "Bacchus", 2007

Archival digital print on canvas, 19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)

Edition 1 of 5

Self Portrait after Caravaggio's "Penitent Magdalene", 2007

Archival digital print on canvas, 19h x 13w in (48.26h x 33.02w cm)

Edition 1 of 5

Untitled III, 1983

Oil pastel and ink on paper

28h x 23w in (71.12h x 58.42w cm)

Self Portrait III, 1979

Oil pastel and graphite on paper

20.75h x 17w in (52.71h x 43.18w 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)

Edition 1 of 5

Gowestjungermann III (Berlin Series), 1984

Oil pastel and ink on paper

18.25h x 14.25w in (46.36h x 36.20w cm)

Untitled II, 1993

Marker on paper

12.50h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w 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, 1981

Graphite on paper

13h x 7w in (33.02h x 17.78w cm)

Untitled (Cast of Moondrunk), 2003

Oil on linen

16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.80w cm)

Untitled, 1978

Ink on paper

12.50h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w cm)

Untitled I, 1993

Graphite on paper

12.50h x 11w in (31.75h x 27.94w cm)

Untitled II, 1980

Oil pastel and graphite on vellum

17h x 13.50w in (43.18h x 34.29w cm)

Untitled II, 1979

Green pencil on paper

18.75h x 16.50w in (47.63h x 41.91w cm)

Self Portrait after Albrecht Dürer, 1996

Oil On Canvas

21h x 16w in (53.34h x 40.64w cm)

Gowestjungermann III (Berlin Series), 1984

Oil pastel and ink on paper

18.75h x 14w in (47.63h x 35.56w cm)

Mona (from Panel Series), 2005

Ink on panel

18h x 13.75w in (45.72h x 34.93w cm)

Double Self Portrait, 1978

Graphite on paper

24h x 17.50w in (60.96h x 44.45w cm)

Press Release

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.