David Salle is one of the most important figurative painters of the past 40 years. After studying under John Baldessari at Cal Arts, Salle burst onto the contemporary art scene in New York in the early 1980s. His paintings often combine formal compositional elements with distinct art-historical references and images appropriated from popular culture; they resist classification and thoroughly beguile the viewer. In this video, James Kalm, a.k.a. The Guy on the Bike, documents and comments on Salle’s solo show of recent paintings at Mary Boone Gallery in the Chelsea Arts District of New York in 2011.
During a recent trip to Los Angeles, James Kalm took time to stop in and see the Art in the Streets exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. During this visit, he paused to attend a lecture by Carlo McCormick on the Graffiti Art scene and it’s historical precedents. Kalm’s renegade video features works by Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz Mister, RETNA et al.