Museé: Kali Exhibition Review
Raised in Long Island, New York, Joan Marie Archibald (b. 1932) shed the garb of a thirty-year-old all-American housewife––wed then divorced with children––and headed to Los Angeles to don that of “Kali,” an artographer creating visions of psychedelia. Staley-Wise Gallery’s KALI is the late artist’s first major exhibition. It comprises a collection of largely unseen works, the discovery of which incidentally began by her daughter, Susan Oddo, and former son-in-law, photographer Len Prince, in 2017 while assisting Kali’s move into a nursing home, and which continued posthumously after her death following her battle with Parkinson’s in 2019.
T The New York Times Style Magazine: A Psychedelic Portraitist Rediscovered
Flooded with swirling, multilayered psychedelic hues, Kali’s portraits, often of wide-eyed young women, can feel like the ultimate distillation of an expansive, naïve and chaotic place and time. Despite her innovative techniques, her work has remained almost entirely unknown, but can now be seen in a new volume, “Kali".
L'Officiel: L.A. Woman
The photos of Joan Archibald—or Kali, as she styled herself in about 1964— evoke a deep feeling, or better yet, realization of Los Angeles, or greater Los Angeles. The photos in these volumes, for the most part, came from a similar, timelessly picturesque canyon; they were developed in makeshift darkrooms. Those that didn’t come from the garage darkroom in the nearby canyon, came from the desert, developed in a master bath darkroom in Palm Springs, to be specific.
Town and Country: Remember Her Name
The story begins in 1964. A Long Island housewife named Joan Archibald loads up her old Studebaker and takes off for the West Coast, leaving behind two children and a soon-to-be ex-husband, never to return. She ends up in Malibu, where for a time she lives out of her car, and she soon falls in with the Hollywood hippie crowd, becoming best friends with the actor Richard Chamberlain, deflecting advances from Frank Sinatra, and taking up photography—Southern California providing a revolving door of beautiful young muses. She also changes her name to Kali Archibald.