PRINT December 2006

Mike Kelley

1 “The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult” (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) This exhibition—co-organized by the Met and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, where the show was first on view—was a great introduction to those unfamiliar with spiritualist photography, a branch of photographic history that has been neglected until recently. I’m a sucker for ectoplasm, and this show proved that “fake photography” is nothing new. (The show closed on New Year’s Eve 2005, and even got mentioned by one critic here last December, but I’m including it anyway.)

2 “Hans Bellmer: Anatomie du désir” (Centre Pompidou, Paris) Most recent Bellmer shows have focused on his photography, but this spectacular exhibition (organized by Agnès de la Beaumelle and Alain Sayag) featured a fantastic selection of his drawings as well. For me, one of the treats was the inclusion of

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