Samuel Lynne Galleries Presents Michael Kalish: Greetings from Texas
DALLAS, TEXAS – March 5, 2019 – Samuel Lynne Galleries invites you to join us for contemporary sculptor, Michael Kalish’s much anticipated return to Dallas. His exhibition, Greetings from Texas will be a retrospective of his most popular series, along with his new portfolio of 3-dimensional work. Kalish will be in attendance at the opening reception on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 5-8pm and the exhibition will be on view through May 4, 2019.
Kalish’s career was set in motion with his legendary license plate sculptures, an artistic expression of his fascination with pop culture and Americana, and his aptitude for repurposing found metal objects into beautiful creations. “After getting out of art school, I knew that if I wanted a serious career in art, I’d have to do something different. I was always looking outside the box for a unique medium.” This series catapulted him to international acclaim and accelerated his career. He has since created multiple series like his giant abstracts, comprised of recycled classic car parts from the 50’s and 60’s, which triumphantly declare their resurrections. Kalish’s original roses, both framed and freestanding, although made from rugged automobile parts, are surprisingly voluptuous in nature. Kalish is also known for his monumental outdoor installations, which include: reALIze, his historic tribute to Muhammad Ali in Los Angeles, CA, the DRIVE4COPD Monument, a series of towering pinwheels at the Tampa Museum of Art, and Belle Epoque for Perrier-Jouet in New York, NY.
Greetings from Texas is a kind of “coming home” for Kalish. He has not exhibited work in Dallas in almost eight years, but feels that Dallas is a second home for him. A retrospective in the sense that he will be showing artwork from his older series along with a new body of work, which has been almost five years in the making, combining elements that he has pioneered and perfected. Kalish brings with him some of the most cutting-edge sculptural work, in which he has skillfully implemented advanced technologies to excite viewers, and remain at the forefront of his industry. His 3-dimensional editions, constructed of high-gloss metal layers, playfully interact with audiences, affording unique experiences across vantage points. Kalish’s series of nudes reveal his ability to materialize rigid elements into seemingly delicate forms, stunning spectators with their impressive optical illusions. He is a true creative – constantly crafting ideas for sculptures and figuring out how to get the concepts from his sketches into existence.
Kalish attended the University of Rhode Island and Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He has exhibited his work in Museums and Galleries in Stockholm, Geneva, and New York. His collectors include celebrities, professional athletes, international political leaders, and musicians. His work is in the corporate collections of Disney, Ford, Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue, Rolling Stone Magazine, Barneys New York, and the Atlanta Braves Organization. His artworks have been acquired by prominent art patrons and placed in the notable collections of Jann Wenner, Ringo Starr, Nancy Reagan, Kid Rock, Tim Allen, Carson Wentz, Steve Gleason, G-Eazy, 50 Cent, and Dr. Phil. Kalish currently resides in and works in Los Angeles, CA.