James Kalm stumbled into a packed panel discussion related to th painting exhibition “Nice Weather” curated by David Salle that was presented by the Skarstedt Gallery. Among the notions posited was that this double gallery exhibition was as a response to the controversial painting exhibit “The Forever Now” last year at MoMA. Curator Salle has been at the forefront of contemporary painting since he’s breakthrough in the early 1980s, so it is with heightened interest that we observe who he has picked, and which sensibilities he’s foregrounded. While several of these painters were also included in “The Forever Now”, some are at the beginnings of their careers, while others are virtual institutions within the painting world. As a narrow survey of a particular type of current painting, this show is relevant as a snapshot of what elements of the art world are responding to. The artists include: Richard Aldrich, Ross Bleckner, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, George Condo, Martha Diamond, Lucy Dodd, Carroll Dunham, Louise Fishman, Rashid Johnson, Alex Katz, Shawn Kuruneru, Chris Martin, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Gary Stephan, Blair Thurman, Patricia Treib, Rosemarie Trockel, Piotr Uklański, Charline von Heyl, Mary Weatherford, Stanley Whitney, Terry Winters and Nicole Wittenberg. This program was recorded on 16 April, 2016 in Chelsea and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.