Mary Kelly

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquires work by Mary Kelly

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to announce that Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document: Documenta on IV, Transitonal Objects, Diary and Diagram (prototype), 1976/2015 has entered the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. 


Post-Partum Document (1973-79) interrogates the social and psychological processes that shape the relatonship between mother and child during the first few years of life. A ground-breaking achievement in the history of conceptual art, the project records the artist’s daily actvites and interacions with her son over a period of six years as he learns to speak, and finally, to write his name. Kelly’s Post-Partum Document is regarded as one of the most important feminist works of art produced in the twentieth century. Mary Kelly’s archive, which features Post-Partum Document, was acquired by The Getty Research Institute in 2017. 


Kelly’s work has been the subject of major solo exhibitons at the ICA, London (1976 and 1993); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1990); Generali Foundation, Vienna (1998); Santa Monica Museum of Art (2001); Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2008); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2010); Mary Kelly: Projects, 1973-2010, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2011). Kelly was included in the 1991 and 2004 Whitney Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; documenta 12, Kassel, 2007, and the Biennale of Sydney 2008. 


Collectons include Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MOCA, Los Angeles; Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Natonal Gallery of Art, Washington; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Tate, London; V&A Museum, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.


Pippy Houldsworth Gallery has represented Mary Kelly since 2013. 

28 February 2020