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Los Angeles: ‘The Vivian Maier Effect’: An Artist’s Unearthed Photos Reveal a Bygone L.A.

Los Angeles: ‘The Vivian Maier Effect’: An Artist’s Unearthed Photos Reveal a Bygone L.A.

October 2021

The new four-volume book KALI Ltd. Ed. chronicles Joan Archibald’s transformation from Long Island housewife to elusive artist.

Variety: Going Back to Kali

Variety: Going Back to Kali

October, 2021

The release of a four-volume collection about the late, little known artist Kali coincides with an exhibit of her work at Staley-Wise Gallery in New York City.

The New Yorker: The Singular Work of a California Photographer, Unearthed

The New Yorker: The Singular Work of a California Photographer, Unearthed

October, 2021

The colors in many of Kali’s images seem to shimmer, as if pulsing with their own internal heartbeat.

Museé: Kali Exhibition Review

Museé: Kali Exhibition Review

October 2021

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. 

Museé: Art Out

Museé: Art Out

October 2021

Staley-Wise Gallery is pleased to present the first major exhibition by KALI. The exhibition includes vintage photo-based artwork and original Polaroid prints. The majority of this work has never been seen publicly before.

T The New York Times Style Magazine: A Psychedelic Portraitist Rediscovered

T The New York Times Style Magazine: A Psychedelic Portraitist Rediscovered

October 2021

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

L'Officiel: L.A. Woman

October 2021

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

Town and Country: Remember Her Name

October 2021

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.
 

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