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Damien Hirst: End of an Era at GAGOSIAN GALLERY

James Kalm joins throngs of fans, admirers and groupies to elbow his way through “The End of an Era” the latest offering from Damien Hirst. With his worldwide fame peaking from the recent auction of his work, which coincided with the global economic crisis, in “End of an Era" Hirst plays out his opulent critique of materialism. Featuring a pickled bull’s head, a gold plated case with nearly 30,000 manufactured diamonds and photorealistic paintings of renowned gems, this show displays a wide variety of medium and approaches used by the artist.

Inka Essenhigh: The New Old Age at 303 GALLERY

James Kalm pedals up to the opening of Inka Essenhigh’s most recent selection of paintings, “The Old New Age”. In these works the artist has concentrated on developing a sharp focus depiction of the natural landscape that surrounds her summer studio in Maine. Mingling a fantastic Surrealism with the romantic sublime, forest maddens and spirits in the mist appear to observant viewers. Includes an interview with Inka Essenhigh.

All Hail the New Media

Blog This at X-INITIATIVE January 15, 2010 Part I

James Kalm documents this panel discussion which explores the current state of art blogging and the blogosphere. Panel includes: Moderator Robin White, Kelly Shindler of Art21, Barry Hoggard of Bloggy, ArtCat, Culture Pundits, Edward Winkleman gallery owner, William Powhida artist and Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City.

Dan Flavin at David Zwirner, and Bruce High Quality Foundation University at Susan Inglett

James Kalm immerses viewers in the colored space of Dan Flavin’s Series and Progressions at David Zwirner. These works originally designed in 1968, represent a breakthrough both in their use of “ready made” commercially available neon light fixtures and their “Post-Minimal” radiance of sensual colored light. From the austere to the over the top we next trip into the Susan Inglett Gallery for the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, a learning experience in the absurd. Bruce High Quality is a loose confederation of artists who have recently achieved a high level of visibility with their goof ball antics and pathetic products that mask their wry version of “institutional critique”.

Tony Fitzpatrick “Drawings for Crazy Horse” at PIEROGI

James Kalm slips into Williamsburg under cover of night to bring viewers a look and an extended interview with one of Chicago’s preeminent contemporary artists, Tony Fitzpatrick. Obsessively worked and fabricated from the cast off refuge of down home culture, Fitzpatrick weaves a narrative of tragic heroics recording a poetic portrait of one of the last of the great Native American leaders Crazy Horse. With simple scraps and elementary colors these collage paintings transcend their small size to express a sense of monumental mourning. Includes an extended interview with Tony Fitzpatrick.

1969 at P.S. 1

James Kalm brings viewers along for a trip down memory lane. 1969 was a seminal year marking the end of the age of Aquarius and the depth of the quagmire in Vietnam. The art world was in revolt politically and aesthetically. Changes were coming fast and furiously. In hind sight many of these “radical” positions have become accepted and represent the current establishment. Still, this run-through allows us to appreciate the first dawnings of this new horizon of creative energy. Organized by Neville Wakefield, P.S. 1 Senior Curatorial Advisor; Michelle Elligott, MoMA Archivist; and Eva Respini, MoMA Associate Curator of Photography.

Purvis Young at Grown and Sewn

James Kalm taps on the window and convinces Manager Rob Magness to allow viewers a private preview of this exceptional exhibition. Grown and Sewn is a collaborative arts and crafts space that brings works of art together with a new line of well crafted American made clothing. Purvis Young, from Miami’s tough Overtown neighborhood, is a mythical figure among painters and aficionados of “Outsider Art”. James Kalm brings fans this exhibition which features a cross section of Young’s paintings, drawings and book works. Includes interviews with Rob Magness and Skot Foreman.

Julian Jackson Will ‘O The Wisp at KATHRYN MARKEL

James Kalm begins a new year with a visit to the studio of Julian Jackson. As a longtime presence on the New York scene, particularly in Brooklyn, Jackson has spent considerable effort promoting and advocating on behalf of other artists and the local community. He along with wife, Rene Lynch, have carved out a unique place with their Metaphor Gallery in the Smith-lantic district in Downtown Brooklyn. In addition to his commitment to art advocacy Jackson continues to practice a highly evolved mode of atmospheric abstraction. Relating to the “Color-field” painters of the mid sixties Jackson extendes the investigation of subtle shifts of value, tone and the concomitant emotional responses evoked by this employment of pure color.

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