"Kali catalogs a sweeping cache of never-before-seen photographs and prints that she kept hidden her entire life...divided into the three distinct periods that comprise [Kali] Archibald’s oeuvre: Portraits & Landscapes, Polaroids, and Outer Space, each of which is characterized by a coherent aesthetic and point of view, one so unique that she gave her own style a name: Artography...“'She’s a California Vivian Maier,' Matt Tyrnauer says of Kali Archibald."
– Leena Kim, Town & Country Magazine
"1960s housewife and photographer Kali might be the greatest forgotten artist of her time"..."For over 40 years, the photographer Joan Archibald—also known as Kali—quietly created some of the most captivating and rather disquieting images of Southern California. In a new book, a trove of photos by an unsung master is celebrated."
– Matt Tyrnauer, L'Officiel USA
"Flooded with swirling, multilayered psychedelic hues, Kali’s portraits, often of wide-eyed young women, can feel like the ultimate distillation of an expansive, naïve and chaotic place and time."
– Coralie Kraft, T: The New York Times Style Magazine
"Kali was a prolific pioneer of this (more experimental) alternative photography and her vibrant images marry a bohemian sensuality indicative of the time period and her lifestyle with a more emotional spontaneity."
– Len Prince, Musée Magazine
"The colors in many of Kali’s images seem to shimmer, as if pulsing with their own internal heartbeat"... "Kali’s approach was idiosyncratic, mostly housebound, and, apparently, largely self-taught. More than anything, her images—intensely colorful, mysterious, quasi-Surrealist—bring to my mind the dark sensuality of European Expressionist painting: Kirchner’s green and yellow and orange faces; Munch’s torrid vistas, hovering somewhere between the earthly and the hellish"... "[available in] a handsome four-volume monograph."
– Naomi Fry, The New Yorker
"When [Kali] died in 2019, she left behind a hidden archive of photos, astonishingly encapsulating a bygone dazed, psychedelic, hippie L.A. Now, these mostly never-before-seen images are on view in KALI Ltd. Ed., a new four-volume hardback from powerHouse Books. In an insightful introduction, journalist and filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer gives a sense of the obscure artist behind the photographs." ... "'The discovery of the work, all at once, and almost all of it never-seen, is remarkable, and a distinguishing feature. It’s the Vivian Maier effect' [says Tyrnauer].” ... "Very few photographers, alive or dead, get a multivolume slip case coffee table book from a major publisher."
– Patrick Folliard, Los Angeles Magazine
"Among the gems [in the 'four-volume collection of the artist’s work'] is a 1968 photo of Frank Sinatra on a closed-circuit TV monitor at a Palm Springs restaurant and a shot of Richard Chamberlain posing with Kali on a beach in Malibu. 'There’s something very California romantic about it,' [Matt] Tyrnauer says. 'It reminds me a lot of Joan Didion. It’s sort of like a contemporaneous visual record of that period Didion captured so well.'”
– Marc Malkin, Variety Magazine
"A massive new four-volume book makes the case for Joan Archibald, a California party girl turned lawyer’s wife who developed prints in her swimming pool, as a major visual artist"... "Will Kali be the California Vivian Maier? It’s too soon to tell, but this lavish four-volume book makes for one of the most auspicious posthumous debuts of our time."
– Matt Tyrnauer, Vanity Fair
"Kali was a photographer of her time, a time when acid-like visions became all the rage with the vibrancy of LSD present in seemingly all visual forms, from films to paintings to photographs"... "Half a century later, Kali’s work is as evocative as ever, replete with brilliant colors, layered imagery, and phantasmagoric scenes. But it’s her dedication to her craft, as well as her innovative experimentations, that sets her apart from being simply a good photographer: rather, a great artist."
– Christina Cacouris, Blind Magazine
"Trending: who was 'Kali,' the '60s photographer everyone is talking about?" ..."Is Kali Archibald destined to be the new Vivian Maier?"
– David Schonauer, American Photography's Pro Photo Daily
"Kali thought of the black-and-white prints she produced in her darkroom as starting points. A print became art when she jumped into the shallow end of the pool with it, poured dyes over it and danced with it, sometimes for hours. The results were moody and psychedelic abstractions layered onto already haunting images."
– Fred A. Bernstein, 1stDibs Introspective Magazine