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This Is How Mike Kelley’s “Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites” Looks Packed for Shipping

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Los Angeles’s Perry Rubenstein Gallery won’t open its presentation of late artist Mike Kelley’s installation of suspended orbs of plus toys “Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites” (1991-99) until November 2, but today the gallery received the massive shipping crate containing the disassembled artwork and posted the above image on its Facebook page.

The installation belongs to east coast collector Peter Brant and was last shown at Tony Shafrazi’s Art Basel Miami Beach nearly a year ago, shortly before the artist’s untimely death. At the fair, the work generated a great deal of interest from multiple museums and collectors including, rumor has it, the so-called homeless billionaire Nicolas Berggruen.

This marks the first time that “Deodorized Central Mass,” one of the L.A.-based artist’s best-known works, has been shown there. It will also be the piece’s first presentation as a complete exhibition since 1999. The sculptural installation consists of 13 plush toy orbs suspended from the ceiling and a series of geometric bas-relief wood panels that give the piece the chemical-tinged pine scent to which its title refers.

Mike Kelley’s “Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites” will be on view at Perry Rubenstein Gallery November 2-December 15.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Images courtesy Perry Rubenstein Gallery.)

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