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Published on Jul 14, 2011
James Kalm's art world reputation must have inched up a notch or two lately. As a video reporter whose covered the New York scene with a totally unorthodox style for the past five years now, your reporter has pissed off a lot of the "powers that be". His spontaneous and unscripted views behind the facade, has exposed a more "realistic" side of the local art world. Now, it seems, his perseverance has begun to be recognized. Invited to an intimate and exclusive studio preview of Peter Halley's new paintings, Kalm gives viewers a chance to slip behind the veil of privacy cloaking the creative practice of one of New York's most acclaimed painters. As a founding member and chief polemicist of Neo-Geo, and head of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at Yale University, Halley has been at the center of advanced painting for a quarter century. His unretractable commitment to severe geometric design, and his use of high intensity fluorescent color, has distinguished his paintings earning them a unique place in contemporary art history. Included in this program is a musical intro featuring Jazz legends trumpeter Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith and bassist Henry Grimes, recorded live at Zurcher Studio July 10, 2011.