(american b. 1951)
Signed and dated 'Munk 84' verso, mixed media construction with paint brushes, mirrored mosaic tile, gold leaf and oil paint
57 x 33 x 23 in. (144.8 x 83.8 x 58.4cm)
Provenance: Malcolm Forbes collection
The artist Loren Munk (born 1951) is primarily known for his YouTube nickname James Kalm as an uploader of videos about New York exhibitions, amongst others. He presents himself as a maker of contemporary paintings for several decades and of cubist paintings of urban imagery. Munk has received accolades for his drawings and mosaics. He differs from traditional mosaic artists by the manner in which he incorporates glass into his decorative paintings. His unique and innovative use of materials such as mirror, gold-leaf and glass mosaic affirmed him as a founding force of Kitsch Art and a leading member of New York Neo-Expressionism.
Munk's work debuted in SoHo in 1981 with a double show at J. Fields Gallery and Gabrielle Bryers. Since then, he has overseen an international career. In addition to exhibiting in Brazil, France, Germany and the United States, Munk has received national and overseas, public and private commissions. He is well represented in important collections throughout Europe, South and North America and the Middle East.
Most recently, Munk has been producing a series of paintings which tackle the subject of art itself through a historical and diagrammatic lens. Munk documents the New York art world in YouTube videos, using the name James Kalm.
1979 Attended Art Students League, New York
1973-75 Attended University of Maryland at Ramstein, Germany while in US Army
1969-72 Attended Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
1951 Born, Salt Lake City, Utah
Select Group Exhibitions
2018 “Under Erasure” curated by Heather and Raphael Rubinstein at Pierogi Gallery New York
2016 "It Was Never Linear: Recent Painting" at the Sheldon Museum of Art Lincoln Neb. with: Robert Bordo, Dawn Clements, Lois Dodd, Michelle Grabner, Colin Prahl, Peter Saul, Barbara Takenaga, and Stanley Whitney
2014 "Some Artists" curated by Matthew Deleget at Minus Space. David Diao, Mary Beth Edelson, Alfred Jensen, George Maciunas, Loren Munk, Ward Shelley, John Zinsser
2013 "Coming Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1" curated by Phong Bui for the Dedalus Foundation,
"The Decline and Fall of the Art World: Part I" curated by Nick Lawrence at Freight+Volume, N.Y.
"Reticulate" at McKenzie Fine Art Inc., N.Y.
"The Pyramids Along the Nile" at English Kills Gallery
2012 "When We Were Ancient" organized by Ethan Petitt at Teddy's Bar, Williamsburg
"Heroes" curated by Julie Torres at Small Black Door, Ridgewood Queens, N.Y.
2011 "ABC123" curated by Janet Goleas at Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, N.Y.
"6 Who Paint" curated by Fred Valentine at Big & Small/Casual, Long Island City, N.Y.
"It's All Good: Apocalypse Now" curated by Richard Timperio, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
"Paper 2011" at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn.
"NEW year NEW work NEW faces" by Jason Andrew and Deborah Brown at Storefront Gallery.
"Unfinished Pictures" curated by Kristin Calabrese at LACE, Los Angeles Cal.
"It's All Good" curated by Richard Timperio at Side Show Gallery Brooklyn.
2010 "Wall to Wall" Daniel Weinberg Gallery Los Angeles California. Artists: Richard Artschwager, Lynda Benglis, Robert Bechtle, Billy Al Bengston, Tony Berlant, Lee Bontecou, R. Crumb, Alex Katz, Mel Kendrick, Jeff Koons, Julie Mehretu, Loren Munk, Elizabeth Murray, Jim Nutt, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, H.C. Westermann, Terry Winters, Steve Wolfe, Rowan Wood, Peter Young etc
"The Social Graph" curated by Hrag Vartanian at The Outpost,Brooklyn.
"It's a Wonderful Life" curated by Richard Timperio at Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn.
2009 "Year Five" at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery Brooklyn
"Party at Chris's House" curated by Phong Bui at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery Brooklyn
2008 “Boson Exotic” Rupert Ravens Contemporary Art Gallery, Newark, N J
“The Face” curated by Cathy Quinlan at the ‘temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn
“Shapeshifters: New York Painters” Curated by James Biederman, The A.D. Gallery, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Sideshow Gallery Brooklyn
2007 “More Is More—Maximalist Tendencies in Recent American Painting” Florida State
University Museum of Fine Arts, curated by Tatiana Flores
“Continuum” The ‘temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn NY
“War is Over Again” Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn NY
“Radius” Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn NY
“The Blogger Show” Agni Gallery New York NY
Scope/New York, Dam Stuhltrager
2005 “The Brooklyn Rail” Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
Scope/Miami, Dam Stuhltrager
2004 “30th Anniversary Exhibition 1974-2004”, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
2003 "Brooklyn on 57th Street," Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
"Drawing Conclusions: Work by Artist-Critics," NY Arts Gallery, New York
2002 "Benefit," Bellwether Gallery, Williamsburgh
"Merry Peace," Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburgh
2001 "Private Collection," ABN-AMRO Bank, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Basel Art Fair, American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich
2000 "6X1= Paintings", with Terence LaNoue, Wofford, Irene Rice Pereira; Andre Zarre Gallery, NY
"Helter Skelter Summer Swelter", Gallery @49, New York
"Duchamp Traveling Exhibition", Kulturbahnhof, Bremen; Emmanuel Heller Gallery, Tel Aviv; The Artists' Museum, Lodz
"New New York Views: Recent Acquisitions", Museum of the City of New York
Community Art Benefit, Brooklyn Museum
"Prix de Peinture de Principal de Monaco", Monaco
Gallery Ruf, Munich
1991 "Objets d'Artistes", with Herve DiRosa, Kenny Scharf, etc Galerie Krief, Paris
"Salon de Couvertes", Grand Palais, Paris,
1990 "Collectors (Albee, Dannheisser, Forbes, etc)", Vered Gallery, East Hampton
1998 "Chairman's Choice: A Miscellany of American Paintings" w/Hopper, Wyeth, etc. FORBES
"Diverse Expressionists", M-13 Gallery, New York
"Works on paper", with Jean Michel Basquiat, George Condo, etc., Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, NY
"The Embellishment of the Statue of Liberty", with Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, etc. at Barneys, New York
"Formes et Couleurs", Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerland
"Freedom of Painting", organized by Galerie Paradis, Paris
1985 "La fin du Siècle c'est pour demain", Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
"Picture Frame/Frame Picture", Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York
"New York, New Art", with Sandro Chia, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Julian Schnabel and others, ARCA, Marseille,France
"Kunst aus der Neue Welt", Gallery Svetlana, Munich, Germany
"Collaboration Show", with Basquiat, Jonathan Borofsky, Robert Longo, David Salle, Terry Winters and others, Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, NY
1983 51 -Expressionism, 51 Gallery, New York
1979 Idaho Biennial, Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, Idaho