Mike Kelley: Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile
Mike Kelley: Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile
Mike Kelley: Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile
Mike Kelley: Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile
Mike Kelley: Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile
Mike Kelley: Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile
Mike Kelley: Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile

Mike Kelley

Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile
1st Edition, 1986
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A lengthy monographic essay by American artist Mike Kelley chronicling his performance piece Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile (featuring himself, Molly Cleator and Sonic Youth) at New York's Artists Space in December 1986. With accompanying black-and-white images spanning the cavernous caves of America and Europe to the stone sculptures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the title of the book refers to the well-known allegory of the cave in Plato’s Republic, the Texas chapel designed by Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko, and President Abraham Lincoln’s facial profile, which is featured on the US coin. ‘As a performance, Plato’s Cave, Rothko’s Chapel, Lincoln’s Profile occupied a strange no-man’s-land between knotty conceptualism and infantile play, between a lecture demonstration and a rock concert,’ wrote Carlo McCormick in Artforum at the time.

Condition: Very good (minor signs of wear to corner of back cover)
98 pages, 14 × 20 cm