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Throughout her career, American artist Ingrid Calame has generated ideas for her paintings through a close examination of the world around her, using detritus left by people in passing as her source material.  She focuses her gaze on the left-over and often overlooked – stains on a sidewalk, graffiti on a river bank, tire skid marks on a roadway.  After tracing the shapes of these discarded marks, Calame uses this representational and yet not necessarily recognizable information to generate abstractions.  She refers to this process as a “representation of loss,” resulting in paintings that function in part as landscapes or historical referents to the forgotten, disregarded or unobserved.

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Videos
An Interview with World-Renowned Artist Ingrid Calame
YouTube video
December 16 - 19, 2014
Savannah College of Art and Design
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Ingrid Calame with Fred Wilson & Isolde Brielmaier
Artist Talk
January 25, 2014
New York, NY
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Gallery Exhibition
INGRID CALAME
Tracks
December 12, 2013 - February 8, 2014
New York
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Museum Exhibition
Ingrid Calame Atrium Project MoCA Jacksonville
Tarred Over Cracks
November 16, 2013 — March 9, 2014
Jacksonville, FL
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Commission
Ingrid Calame for Brookfield Industries Corporate Collection
Permanent Wall-Drawing Installation
January 31, 2013 - December 19, 2014
New York, NY
ArtworksThumbnails
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INGRID CALAME Tracks, 2013 Installation view

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INGRID CALAME Tracks, 2013 Installation view

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INGRID CALAME Tracks, 2013 Installation view

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INGRID CALAME Tracks, 2013 Installation view

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INGRID CALAME Tracks, 2013 Installation view

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INGRID CALAME From #423 Drawing (Tarred Over Cracks, Buffalo, NY), 2013 Oil on aluminum 72 x 72 in. (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

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INGRID CALAME From #301 Drawing (Tracing from Buffalo, NY), 2013 Oil on aluminum 60 x 36 1/4 in. (152.4 x 92.1 cm)
 

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INGRID CALAME #450 Drawing (No. 278 ArcelorMittal Steel Shipping Building No. 1 Right), 2013 Pigment on paper 25 x 39 1/2 in. (63.5 x 100.3 cm)
 

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INGRID CALAME Perry Street Projects Wading Pool, Buffalo, New York #3 2012 Pigment on wall Installation at Brookfield Financial Properties

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INGRID CALAME Perry Street Projects Wading Pool, Buffalo, New York #3 2012 Pigment on wall Installation at Brookfield Financial Properties

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INGRID CALAME Perry Street Projects Wading Pool, Buffalo, New York #3 2012 Pigment on wall Installation at Brookfield Financial Properties

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INGRID CALAME #340 Drawing (Tracing from the L.A. River & ArcelorMittal Steel), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 115 1/4 x 75 x 3 1/4 inches
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INGRID CALAME #329 Drawing (Tracings from the L.A. River & ArcelorMittal Steel), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 112 x 72 inches
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INGRID CALAME #349 Drawing (Tracing from the Perry Street Project Wading Pool, Buffalo, NY), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 87 1/4 x 87 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches
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INGRID CALAME #337 Drawing (Tracing from the L.A. River & ArcelorMittal Steel), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 59 3/4 x 51 5/8 x 2 inches
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INGRID CALAME #330 Drawing (Tracing from the L.A. River & ArcelorMittal Steel), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 58 x 50 inches
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INGRID CALAME #383 Drawing (Tracing from the Perry Street Project Wading Pool, Buffalo, NY), 2012 Color pencil on trace Mylar 30 x 30 inches
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INGRID CALAME #348 Drawing (Tracing from the Perry Street Project Wading Pool, Buffalo, NY), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 24 x 24 inches
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INGRID CALAME #334 Drawing (Tracings from the L.A. River & ArcelorMittal Steel), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 115 1/4 x 75 x 3 1/4 inches
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INGRID CALAME #328 Drawing (Tracings from the L.A. River & ArcelorMittal Steel), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 112 x 72 inches
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INGRID CALAME #329 Drawing (Tracings from the L.A. River & ArcelorMittal Steel), 2011 Color pencil on trace Mylar 112 x 72 inches
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INGRID CALAME #291 Drawing (Tracing from Arcelor-Mittal Steel, Buffalo, NY), 2008 Colored pencil on trace Mylar 48 X 72 inches
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INGRID CALAME #300 Drawing (Tracing from Buffalo, NY), 2008 Colored pencil on trace Mylar 48 X 84 inches
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INGRID CALAME #318 Drawing (Tracing from Buffalo, NY), 2010 Colored pencil on trace Mylar 34 X 50 inches
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INGRID CALAME #321 Drawing (Tracing from Buffalo, NY), 2010 Colored pencil on trace Mylar 50 X 34 inches
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INGRID CALAME Step on a Crack... MS RT No. 197, 2009 Oil pain on aluminum 40 X 24 inches
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INGRID CALAME Step on a Crack... MSShip No. 233, 2009 Oil paint on aluminum 40 X 24 inches
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INGRID CALAME Step on a Crack... MSShip2 No. 53, 2009 Oil and paint on aluminum 24 X 40 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #298 Drawing (Tracings from Buffalo, NY), 2008 Oil paint on aluminum 11 1/2 X 19 1/4 inches
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INGRID CALAME #297 Drawing (Tracings from Buffalo, NY), 2008 Color pencil on trace mylar 18 X 26 inches
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INGRID CALAME #294 Drawing (Tracings from Buffalo, NY), 2008 Color pencil on trace mylar 26 X 18 inches
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INGRID CALAME #309 Drawing (Tracings from Buffalo, NY), 2008 Color pencil on trace mylar 18 X 28 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #294 Drawing (Tracings from Buffalo, NY), 2008 Oil paint on aluminum 11 1/2 x 19 1/4 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #274 Drawing (Tracing from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), 2008 Oil paint on aluminum 19 1/4 X 11 1/2 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #253 Drawing (Tracing from the Indianapolis Motoer Speedway and the L.A. River), 2008 Oil paint on aluminum 19 1/4 X 11 1/2 inches
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INGRID CALAME #314 Drawing (Tracings from Buffalo, NY), 2008 Color pencil on trace mylar 48 X 72 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #231 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), 2006 Enamel paint on aluminum 24 X 48 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #271 Drawing (Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the L.A. River), 2007 Enamel paint on aluminum 24 X 24 inches
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INGRID CALAME #243 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), 2006 Color pencil on trace mylar 26 X 18 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #238 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), 2006 enamel paint on aluminum 40 X 24 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #258 Drawing (Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the L.A. River), 2007 enamel paint on aluminum 72 X 120 inches
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INGRID CALAME #258 Drawing (Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the L.A. River ), 2007 color pencil on trace mylar 87 1/2 X 135 1/2 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #269 Drawing (Tracings from Indianapolis Motor Speedway and L.A. River), 2007 enamel on aluminum 24 X 48 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #268 Drawing (Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the L.A. River), 2007 enamel paint on aluminum 36 X 72 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #210 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River), 2007 enamel paint on aluminum 24 X 48 inches
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INGRID CALAME Bb-AAghch!, 2003 enamel on aluminum 72 X 72 inches
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INGRID CALAME #229 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), 2006 color pencil on trace mylar 72 X 48 inches
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INGRID CALAME #181 Working Drawing, 2005 color pencil on trace mylar 136 X 88 inches
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INGRID CALAME #181 Working Drawing [detail], 2005 color pencil on trace mylar 136 X 88 inches
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INGRID CALAME From #235 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), 2007 enamel paint on aluminum 40 X 24 inches
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INGRID CALAME Secular Response 2 A.H., 2004 Enamel paint on mylar 12 feet 6 inches X 98 feet X 30 inches
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INGRID CALAME Tracing up to the L.A. River: Frog Town turf war, 2006 Latex and oil enamel on wall Wall drawing in 3 sections
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INGRID CALAME Tracing up to the L.A. River: Frog Town turf war, 2006 Latex and oil enamel on wall Installation view
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INGRID CALAME #231 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), 2006 Cosmologies at James Cohan Gallery, NY, 2007 Installation view
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INGRID CALAME Solo Exhibition at James Cohan Gallery, NY, 2003 Installation view
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INGRID CALAME Solo Exhibition at James Cohan Gallery, NY, 2003 Installation view
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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Throughout her career, Ingrid Calame has generated ideas for her paintings through a close examination of the world around her, using detritus left by people in passing as her source material.  She focuses her gaze on the left-over and often overlooked – stains on a sidewalk, graffiti on a river bank, tire skid marks on a roadway.  After tracing the shapes of these discarded marks, Calame uses this representational and yet not necessarily recognizable information to generate abstractions.  She refers to this process as a “representation of loss,” resulting in paintings that function in part as landscapes or historical referents to the forgotten, disregarded or unobserved.  Calame transcends the documentary aspect of her source material in the creation of formal compositions that engage in layering and fragmentation, softening the movement from line to shape.  The complement of this rigorous conceptual methodology is a freedom of experimentation, particularly with color assignment, as evidenced in the riotous explosions and challenging combinations found in Calame’s most recent paintings on aluminum panel.

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Ingrid Calame was born in 1965 in the Bronx, NY. She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA in Art and Film from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.  Calame’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany; Monterey Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH; Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL; and the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, GA.

 

Calame's work is included in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; and private collections including the Maramotti Collection, Italy; Goetz Collection, Munich; Jumex Collection, Mexico; and Brookfield Properties Corporate Collection, New York, NY. Ingrid Calame lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
INGRID CALAME
Tracks
December 12, 2013 - February 8, 2014
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Ingrid Calame Drawings & Mark Strand Collages, Madrid & New York
英格丽•卡兰 & 马克•斯特兰德
November 24, 2012 - January 24, 2013
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Ingrid Calame
Swing Shift
September 10 - October 09, 2010
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Ingrid Calame
Constellations
September 06 - October 13, 2007
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Cosmologies
January 11 - February 10, 2007
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Vito Acconci, Ingrid Calame, Nam June Paik, Roxy Paine, Hiraki Sawa
May 07 - June 25, 2005
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Ingrid Calame
New Drawings
April 08 - 30, 2005
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Ingrid Calame
October 04 - November 01, 2003
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
The New Yorker
"Ingrid Calame"
Articles / Reviews
Time Out New York
"Ingrid Calame, 'Tracks'"
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Ingrid Calame," by Gregory Volk
Articles / Reviews
Wall Street International
"Ingrid Calame.Tracks"
Articles / Reviews
Village Voice
“Surface Surfeit: Ingrid Calame Traces the World,” by R.C. Baker
Articles / Reviews
Arte Fuse
“PICTURE THIS: Multi-Tracking with Ingrid Calame,” by Oscar Laluyan
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Ingrid Calame"
Articles / Reviews
Time Out Shanghai
“Q&A: Ingrid Calame” by Sam Gaskin
Articles / Reviews
Wall Street Journal
"The Edge of a New Frontier" by Peter Plagens
Articles / Reviews
The Journal
"Ingrid Calame: a simple request from a dynamic artist," by Troy Holmes
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
“Ingrid Calame: Monterey Museum of Art, La Mirada” by Glen Helfand, February 2011.
Articles / Reviews
Art Ltd.
"Ingrid Calame" by Eve Wood, January 2011
Articles / Reviews
The Village Voice
"Trace Elements" by Robert Shuster, September 1, 2010
Articles / Reviews
Buffalo News
Artist finds abstract beauty in traces of Buffalo's past" by Colin Dabkowski
Articles / Reviews
The Guardian
"Artist Ingrid Calame on how she draws," by Ingrid Calame
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"Stop Your Engines! The Artist is Tracing," by Dorothy Spears
Articles / Reviews
Elle Decor
"Ingrid Calame," by David Colman
News
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Videos
YouTube video
Savannah College of Art and Design
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News / Events
Family Dynamic art workshop series
September 6, 13 and 21
Los Angeles, CA
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Artist Talk
January 25, 2014
New York, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
January 24 - June 7, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
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Museum Exhibition
Tarred Over Cracks
November 16, 2013 — March 9, 2014
Jacksonville, FL
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Commission
Ingrid Calame for Brookfield Industries Corporate Collection
Permanent Wall-Drawing Installation
New York, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pit #4, #9, #7
Jan. 29 - May 12, 2013
Savannah, GA
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Museum Exhibition
August 4--October 9, 2011
Edinburgh, Scotland
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Museum Exhibition
In Process: Ingrid Calame
October 30, 2010-February 27, 2011
Monterey, CA
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Museum Exhibition
INGRID CALAME: STEP ON A CRACK . . .
September 25, 2009–February 28, 2010
Buffalo, NY
Books
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Ingrid Calame: Trace
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In Process: Ingrid Calame
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Ingrid Calame: Constellations
Editions
image INGRID CALAME: Tracings from the  Indianapolis Motor Speedway III
Edition
INGRID CALAME: Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway III
Etching and acquatint on paper
image INGRID CALAME: Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway I
Edition
INGRID CALAME: Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway I
Etching and acquatint on paper
image INGRID CALAME: Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway II
Edition
INGRID CALAME: Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway II
Etching and aquatint on paper