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Mary Kelly (born 1941) is an American conceptual artist, feminist, educator, and writer.

Mary Kelly has contributed extensively to the discourse of feminism and postmodernism through her large-scale narrative installations and theoretical writings. Kelly’s work mediates between conceptual art and the more intimate interests of artists of the 1980s. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is considered among the most influential contemporary artists working today. Mary Kelly is Professor of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is Head of Interdisciplinary Studio, an area she initiated for artists engaged in site-specific, collective, and project based work. Mary Kelly is represented by "Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects" in Culver City, CA and "Pippy Houldsworth Gallery" in London, UK.

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On the home front

The pioneering feminist artist talks to Tate Etc.’s Mariko Finch about her 1977 piece Homeworkers, a politically potent work ...

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Lightning and Rain: Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis and Matisse’s Hand

A celebrated sequence of slow-motion footage of Matisse’s working hand fascinated philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. This ...