James Kalm is the pseudonym of a Brooklyn based painter who is a long time contributor to The Brooklyn Rail. He has written hundreds of published art reviews, catalogue essays, and cultural commentaries.
His art production for the last decade has evolved out of his theory “The Physics of Aesthetics” which involves the documentation, mapping and charting of the New York art world, with a special focus on the Williamsburg scene. With frequent tours and a long term critical focus on this neighborhood, and his development of an archive and artist’s file, James Kalm may be the preeminent art historian of the Greater Williamsburg Community.
He invented the concept of online streaming art criticism the “Kalm Reports” employing YouTube and blip.tv with over 250 programs has a world wide following on the internet. His reports have been featured on numerous websites, art blogs, and online magazines like ARTFORUM.com, Art Daily and Saatchi Online. His report on Jeff Koons at the Metropolitan Museum was recently the subject of a feature article in the Los Angeles Times by Thomas Mulligan.
He is married, with two adult children, paints and writes in Brooklyn.