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Kali Art

American, 1932-2019

Joan Marie Archibald was born in 1932 and raised on Long Island, New York. Wed and divorced by the age of 30, she left everything behind for California and a new life — and a new identity as "Kali."

While Kali had studied art and photography previously, no one knows exactly when and how her artistic practice and style developed. She began using an improvised darkroom in the master bath of her Palm Springs home to print 16 by 20 inch photographs. She chose her subjects carefully, which included friends, pets, acquaintances, children, her children’s friends (including a young Cindy Sherman), and surroundings. Late into the night, Kali then used dyes, screens, and organic material in the swimming pool to layer moody and psychedelic abstractions over the photographs and dried the textured prints in the desert sun.

The social and political turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s encouraged a more experimental artistic culture in the Los Angeles area. Artists began recontextualizing photographs as “objects” open to manipulation — rejecting the more straightforward and classical approach of photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Kali was a prolific pioneer of this alternative photography and her vibrant images marry a bohemian sensuality indicative of the time period and her lifestyle with a more emotional spontaneity.

In the 1970s, Kali continued her practice with the Polaroid camera. Instead of manipulating the Polaroid prints, she used multiple exposures and projections of light in camera to startling, eerie effect — particularly on a series of haunting self-portraits. Much later in her life, Kali documented her fascination with UFOs and extraterrestrials by monitoring and photographing images of flickering transmissions and unexplained streaks and blobs of light from the security cameras surrounding her property in Pacific Palisades.

Despite her prolific artistic output, Kali revealed her work to few and seems to have retreated just when she may have started to gain recognition. The only known article featuring her work was in the November 1970 edition of Camera 35 magazine and the author noted that Kali’s “Artography” (her trademarked name) was “was beyond the capabilities of mere machines. In fact, there is not a way to reproduce one of her images; as a result each of them is an original.”

In her 80s, Kali began to suffer the effects of Parkinson’s disease and memory loss. Her daughter Susan helped her move in to a nursing home and at the same time discovered the immense collection of Kali’s artwork and writing. Soon after Kali’s death in 2019, the collection was organized and archived by Susan and Kali’s former son-in-law, photographer Len Prince.

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(Biography provided by Staley-Wise Gallery)

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Artist: Kali
Untitled (Woman), Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
“Kali” was born Joan Marie Archibald in 1932 in Long Island, New York. Her beloved stepfather encouraged Kali’s interest and education in art. Because of Kali’s faith, she was part...
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1970s Modern Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Mary 100 Ways, Flower Power, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Archival Pigment Print Print size: 17x22 inches / 43x56 cm Image size: 16x20 inches / 41x51 cm Framed size: 23x29.75 inches / 58x76 cm Edition of 10 Estate embossment on the front an...
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1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Mary 100 Ways, Headband, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Archival Pigment Print Print size: 17x22 inches / 43x56 cm Image size: 16x20 inches / 41x51 cm Framed size: 24x30 inches / 61x76 cm Edition of 10 Estate embossment on the front and e...
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1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Untitled (Collage #11)
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Vintage polaroid collage in custom frame Image size: 13.25x16.25 inches / 34x41 cm Print size: 13.25x16.25 inches / 34x41 cm Frame size: 20.5x24.5 inches / 52x62 cm Estate stamped on...
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1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Cindy Green & Blue, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
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1970s Kali Art

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Polaroid

Split Cindy (Cindy Sherman), Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossed
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1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Kathy in Tower 2
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Paul with Yellow Butterfly Layers, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Mary and Josh America, Indio, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

T.L.S. Seagull, Carmel, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

"EPI", UFO Notebook, Pacific Palisades, CA, August 30
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Sphere and Friends, Pacific Palisades, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Ectoplasm Ghost, Pacific Palisades, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Large Glowing Ship, Pacific Palisades, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

"WoWs", UFO Notebook, Pacific Palisades, CA, August 4
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

UFO Morphing, UFO Notebook, January 30
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Morphing UFO, April 27
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

A Big Wow, Alien Entity UFO, Pacific Palisades, CA, August 4
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

"WOWs", UFO Notebook, August 2
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Page 68, UFO Notebook, Pacific Palisades, August 1
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Angel Flying, UFO Notebook, January 27
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Big UFO, Greenish, Pacific Palisades, CA, February 29
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Maine Lighthouse Composite, Maine
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Susan with Lace, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Globes Architecture Black and White, Palm Springs, C
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Young Boy, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

ET Landed in Pool, SX-70, Pacific Palisades, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Kali Cat Abstract, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

"WOWs", UFO Notebook, Pacific Palisades, CA, August 4
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

Early 2000s Kali Art

Materials

Archival Pigment

Maine Lighthouse with Butterflies, Maine
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Male Surfers, Carmel, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

L.A. Highway, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Kali Being Taken, Pacific Palisades, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on a separate label of authenticity
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Early 2000s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Clockwork Orange 1, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate Stamped
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1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Debbie with Kitty, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Su One Eye, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Untitled (Collage 9), Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Untitled (Collage 8), Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Maine Landscape Pink Swirl, Maine
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate Stamped
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Devendork Park Hippie Model, Carmel, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Face (Blue and Green), Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate Stamped
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Tahoe Blue, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate Stamped
Category

1970s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Bottles, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Blue Cypress, Carmel, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Fabric Mary, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Rose, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Polaroid

Sleeping Beauty Eyes, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Polaroid

Half Face 3, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Half Face 1, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
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1960s Kali Art

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Archival Pigment

Karl and Flowers, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1970s Kali Art

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Polaroid

Silhouette, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
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1970s Kali Art

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Polaroid

Blue Face and Leaves, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
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1970s Kali Art

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Polaroid

Mixed Group XVlll, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1970s Kali Art

Materials

Archival Pigment

Silhouette Orange, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
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1970s Kali Art

Materials

Polaroid

Pscadelic Mary, 100 Ways, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1970s Kali Art

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Polaroid

Multicolored Face, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

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Polaroid

Textured Mary, Palm Springs, CA
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

Materials

Polaroid

Nepenth Cat
By Kali
Located in New York, NY
Estate embossment on the front and estate stamped on the reverse
Category

1960s Kali Art

Materials

Archival Pigment

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