FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
powerHouse Books is pleased to announce the November 2021 Limited Edition Release of
Photographs by Kali (Joan Archibald)
Introduction by Matt Tyrnauer
Essay by Brian Wallis
Prefaces by Alexandra Jarrell
Afterward by Len Prince
Beautifully art directed by famed book designer Sam Shahid and lovingly designed by Matthew Kraus, KALI is a rare, four-volume limited edition (just 600 copies were made) covering the artistic output and creations of an incredible artist you have never heard of—featuring a single volume book-sized introduction by renowned director and producer Matt Tyrnauer; an essay by curator Brian Wallis; and texts by photographer Len Prince and documentarian Alexandra Jarrell—and powerHouse Books is proud to present what is sure to become the Vivian Maier discovery of the decade.
Joan Archibald was a suburban housewife with two kids living in Long Island in the 1960s. In 1964 she walked out of her house and never returned.
She ended up in hippy Malibu, living out of her car. She changed her name to Kali. She took up photography, taking pictures of Californians not much younger than herself. She hung out with Richard Chamberlain. She was loving it.
A year later, her mom bought her a house in Palm Springs—Bobby Darrin and Sandra Dee's old place—so the kids could visit. "An artist," she said, "needs to live alone to create." But she did allow the kids to stay during school holiday breaks.
Susan, the girl, was a muse for her mom, dressing up and assuming made-up characters dreamt up by Kali; Susan's holiday friend Cindy Sherman also was a model in these photographic experiments.
Kali's large outdoor pool was in fact her giant finishing tank: after developing her prints in her Roman bathtub, she would toss the freshly developed prints into the pool with bottles of color and finishing agents, bugs and dirt, buckets of dye and paints, dancing in the pool with the artwork, tossing each print to the deck after achieving the perfect colorization that signified its finishing. Kali would emerge after hours of "finishing" her work, collapsing from exhaustion. Susan was in charge of retrieving the prints, after which they disappeared and were never seen again. Until now.
Susan moved away and got married, to Len Prince, and during the subsequent decades Kali became more and more reclusive, obsessively photographing the monitors hooked up to her house's extraordinary Closed Circuit TV security system, and making notes and drawings of the nocturnal events she witnessed overnight. Kali photographed various lights, shapes, and human-like forms, and for over three years she did not leave her house, due to the fear these uninvited nightly visitors brought upon her. Estranged from her family, no one knew what happened to her until Susan received a call from a hospital. She reconnected with Kali, now suffering from dementia, and remained with her mother all the way up until her death. Upon cleaning out Kali's house and settling her affairs, the mysterious lockers in the hallway leading up to the garage were opened, and Susan promptly had a stroke. Her ex-husband, Len Prince, a noted photographer in his own right, spent the next two years archiving and organizing the prodigious output of the eccentric and brilliant Kali. The archive, now with Emory University, is showcased in this luxurious limited edition for the very first time.
|Matt Tyrnauer is a director, writer and journalist, whose films include Valentino: The Last Emperor; Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood; Studio 54; and Where's My Roy Cohn? As Editor-At-Large and Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair he contributed many feature articles, and has contributed to publications including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and L'Uomo Vogue. He is a native of Los Angeles.
||Len Prince is an American photographer whose work includes portraiture of film, dance, and music legends, fashion, nudes, and cityscapes. Publications include About Glamour (1997), Make Over Your Man (2001), Remembering Marvin Hamlisch (2016), as well as numerous prints and interviews in Vanity Fair, Interview Magazine, Essence, and Paper Magazine. Prince's focus on theatrical and entertainment photography has led to campaign work for several Broadway theater productions, including The Graduate with Kathleen Turner, Jason Biggs, and Alicia Silverstone, and Chicago with Gretchen Mol, Usher, Brooke Shields, Mel B, among others. His work is held at The Getty Museum and the Archives at Emory University. Prince currently resides in upstate New York with his two chocolate Labs, Bob Yoda and Archie.
|Brian Wallis is the former Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the International Center of Photography in New York, where he organized or co-organized numerous exhibitions including "Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self;" "African American Vernacular Photography;" "Ecotopia;" and "Weegee: Murder is My Business." He is the coeditor of Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography (2020).
Women Artists / Artist's Book / Limited Edition / Collections, Catalogs, & Exhibitions
Slipcased four-volume set of hardcovers, 10 x 13 inches, 376 pages total
ISBN: 978-1-57687-885-9, $175.00 US / $211.99 CAN
Produced in a limited edition of 600 copies
High-res scans to your specification are available upon request; scanning from the book or lifting images from the mechanical file are strictly prohibited. Mandatory credit line: From KALI by Len Prince, Matt Tyrnauer and Brian Wallis, published by powerHouse Books.
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