Great photographers capture and interpret the performances of a madcap artist
Whether singing the songs of Robert Schumann or crooning Joni Mitchell, whether personifying the tortured Antonin Artaud, the glamorous Dagmar Onassis, or the enigmatic Mona Lisa, the performance artist, singer and dancer John Kelly is all diva, all talent, all the time.
With great pathos, gesture, kindness, intelligence and sensitivity, John Kelly portrays the emotional extremes of his subjects in all their complexity, yet with a grand sense of romance and humor.
Aperture is proud to present Kelly's remarkably expressive, poignant work for the first time in publication. Performance: John Kelly will profile this unique and singular talent as seen through the eyes of great photographers, including John Dugdale, Nan Goldin, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Peter Hujar, Dona Ann McAdams and others. The images will be complemented by Philip Yenawine's eloquent introduction and John Kelly's own extensive writings.
Performance: John Kelly is published by Aperture in association with 2wice Books.