Credit: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Credit: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Since establishing his studio in New York in 1979, the painter Loren Munk has constantly pursued a commitment to painting and the artistic community. Conceptual street works in the early 1980's lead to his arrest by the New York City Police Department. The subsequent notoriety contributed to a string of successful exhibitions of paintings in Soho and internationally. 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.

As a means of entering the critical and theoretical discourse, Munk created the persona James Kalm in the mid nineties. Publishing hundreds of essays and reviews under this pseudonym, most notably in the Brooklyn Rail, Munk became fascinated with the history and associations of the New York art world. These developments led to a reassessment and the current series of works, which aestheticize art history and document the local art community. YouTube's Kalm Report exemplifies Munk's blurring of criticism, historic documentation, journalism and performance art and began a new mode of art reportage on the internet.

-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

One Man Exhibitions

2017 "PAINTING about THINKING about PAINTING" at the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University

2015 "Reconnoitering: Cartography of an Art Enthusiast" at the Flecker Gallery, Suffolk County Community College, Selden, New York

2014 "You Are Here" at Freight+Volume, New York

2013 Valentine, curated by Fred Valentine, Ridgewood Queens

2011 "Location, Location, Location" at Leslie Heller Work Space, New York

2010 "Becoming Modern in America" curated by Matthew Deleget at MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, N.Y. 
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2009 Rupert Ravens Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey

2006 Dam & Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2002 American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany

2001 M.J. Wewerka Galerie, Berlin
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich

2000 American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich

1998 L'Antiquario, Sao Paulo, Brasil

1997 Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art Ltd., New York

1996 Caesaria Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

1995 Amerika-Haus, Munich, Germany

1994 BMW, Munich
Andre Zaire Gallery, New York

1992 Galerie Svetlana & Hubner, Munich, Germany
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York

1991 Krief Galerie d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

1989, 90 Galerie Svetlana, Munich, Germany
Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York
ARCA, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Marseille, France

1981 J. Field Gallery, New York

1981,82, 83/84, 85, 87 Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York

Selected 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
 "All Tomorrow's Parties" Inaugural Exhibition at Hathaway David Gallery Atlanta

2015  "If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home" curated by Jil Weinstock at the Children's Museum of the Arts "Intimacy in Discourse: Unreasonable Sized Paintings" curated by Phong Bui at School of Visual Arts' Gallery, Chelsea

2014 "Some Artists" curated by Matthew Deleget at Minus Space.

2013 "Coming Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1" curated by Phong Bui for the Dedalus Foundation, Industry City, Brooklyn N.Y. 
"The Decline and Fall of the Art World: Part I" curated by Nick Lawrence at Freight+Volume, N.Y. (catalogue) 
"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. 
"I Like The Art World and The Art World Likes Me" curated by Eric Doeringer at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, New York
"Paper 2011" at Janet Kurnatoski Gallery, Brooklyn.
"NEW year NEW work NEW faces" curated by Jason Andrew and Deborah Brown at Storefront Gallery.
"Unfinished Pictures" curated by Kirstin Calsbrese 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. 
"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 Kurnatoski Gallery Brooklyn
"Party at Chris's House" curated by Phong Bui at Janet Kurnatoski Gallery Brooklyn

2008 “Boson Exotic” Rupert Ravens Contemporary Art Gallery, Newark, N J
“The Face” curated by Cathy Quinlin at the ‘temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn
“Peace” Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn NY
“Shape Shifters: 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” Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn NY
“Radius” Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn NY
“Sanctuary City” Rupert Ravens Contemporary Art Gallery, Newark, N J
“The Blogger Show” Agni Gallery New York NY
“The Face” The ‘temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn NY

2006 “SWAP” 06, Americana - Madrid, Arteveintuno Madrid, Spain
Scope/New York, Dam Stuhltrager
Fountain/ New York, Front Room
Nova/ Chicago, 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
“Merry Peace," Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburgh
The Color Imperative. Gallery: N3 Project Space, Brooklyn NY
“Recent Works”, 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," Bellweather Gallery, Williamsburgh
"Merry Peace," Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburgh
Sao Paulo Art Fair, Sao Paulo

2001 "Private Collection," ABN-AMRO Bank, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Basel Art Fair, American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich
"Spokes and Rims," Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, curated by Tony Kirk
"City Rhythms", Pelham Art Center, New York; curated by Titia Hulst

2000 "6X1= Paintings", with LaNoue, Wofford, Rice Pereira; Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
"Helter Skelter Summer Swelter", Gallery @49, New York
"Duchamp Traveling Exhibition", Kurturbahnhof, Bremen; Emmanuel Heller Gallery, Tel Aviv; The Artists' Museum, Lodz

1999 "Familiar Strangers", Galapagos, Williamsburgh
"New New York Views: Recent Acquisitions", Museum of the City of New York
Community Art Benefit, Brooklyn Museum
NY2K, Charas/el Bohio, New York; curated by Rich Collichio, Tracy Zungola and Carlo McCormick
The Arts for Transit Poster Program, Bank Street College Exhibition Space, New York

1998 "Sourpusses", Abraham Lubdski Gallery, New York

1997 Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art at The Art Exchange Show, New York

1996 "Blue", 450 Broadway Gallery, New York

1993 "Through Thick & Thin", Andre Zarre Gallery, New York

1992 "Inaugural Exhibition", J. Claramunt Gallery, New York
"Prix de Peinture de Prinidpal de Monaco", Monaco
Gallery Ruf, Munich

1991 "Objets d'Artistes", with DiRosa, Scharf, etc Galerie Krief, Paris
"Salon de Couvertes", Grand Palais, Paris,

1990 "Collectors (Albee, Dannheisser, Forbes, etc) Choice of Emerging Artists",Vered Gallery, East Hampton

1998 "Chairman's Choice: A Miscellany of American Paintings" w/Hopper, Wyeth, etc. FORBES Magazine Galleries,NY
"Diverse Expressionists", M-13 Gallery, New York
"Works on paper", with Basquiat, Condo, etc., Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York

1986 Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
FORUM, Zurich Art Fair, Zurich, Switzerland
"Selected Works From Our Gallery", Laurens A. Daane Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
"The Embellishment of the Statue of Liberty", with Rauschenberg, Warhol, etc. at Barneys, New York
"Formes et Coleurs", Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerland
"Freedom of Painting", organized by Galerie Paradis, Paris

1985 "La fin du Siecle c'est por domain", Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
"Little Paintings", 51X Gallery, New York
"Picture Frame/Frame Picture", Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York
"New York, New Art", with Chia, Lichtenstein, Longo, Schnabel and others, ARCA, Marseille,France
"Kunst aus der Neue Welt", Gallery Svetlana, Munich, Germany
"Prelude to 1986", Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York

1984 DeRempich Gallery, New York
"Collaboration Show", with Basquiat, Borofsky, Longo, Salle, Winters and others, Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, NY

1983 51 -Xpressionism, 51 Gallery, New York

1979 Idaho Biennial, Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, Idaho


Independence Savings Bank Mural, Independence Building, Brooklyn, NY; 1995
"Street Life" Murals: Commissioned by BMW, Munich specifically for the introduction of the 316i; 1994
Wall Mural: 4 rue de la Gate, Montparnasse; Jury Selected, Mayor's Office Paris, France; 1993
Execution Litfass Design: International Litfass Art Biennale, Munich, 1992, sponsored by BMW
Poster: Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts for Transit Neighborhood Poster Project; Jury Selected; 1992

Selected Public and Corporate Collections

Museum of the City of New York
Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York
The Port Authority of NY and NJ
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, HN
Metropolitan Transit Authority, State of New York
Chase Manhattan Bank NA, New York
Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island, New York
Sony Music Entertainment Inc. New York
ARTLANTIS, Stuttgart
WRKS FM, New York
FORBES Magazine Collection, New York
C&C Vineyards, Belleville/Saone, France

Selected Private Collections

Vera List, New York
Mrs. Yitzhak Rabin, Jerusalem
William Speerstra, Monte Carlo
Dr. and Mrs. Donald Rubell, Miami Fl.
Daniel Templon, Paris
Mr. and Mrs. Wemer Amhold, Grasse
George Waterman, New York
Amaury Taittinger, Paris
Pierre Huber, Geneva
John Tomson, New York
Jim and Marilyn Simons, New York
Beth Dewoody, New York
Additional collections throughout the United States, South America and Europe