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The Amazing Maps and Charts of Loren Munk

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The Amazing Maps and Charts of Loren Munk

Loren Munk’s paintings are works of art history.

Munk blends off-the-charts talent with sponge-like knowledge in creating his eye-popping maps, many of which chart the pulse of NYC’s culture capitals. These works trace the flow of the New York art scene through witty, cartoonish (and often dizzying) pieces.

Artwork by Loren Munk

Artwork by Loren Munk

Munk’s work was most recently featured at Freight + Volume in “The Decline and Fall of the Art World, Part I: The One Percenters,” a six-artist show that pokes fun at the battle between the corporate and art worlds. Click here for a close-up look at one of Munk’s most impressive works, “East Village; An Attempted Documentation Concentrating on 1979-1989,” featured in the exhibit.

Artwork by Loren Munk

Artwork by Loren Munk

Artwork by Loren Munk

Although many of Munk’s paintings gravitate to New York, his work spans world art history through the emergence of different eras and styles – Check these out:

Artwork by Loren Munk

Artwork by Loren Munk

Artwork by Loren Munk

According to a 2011 feature in the New York Times, Munk starts with a street map. He then adds blocks of information and connects them with color-coded lines to their points on the map.

“When his subjects are fairly contained, a degree of order prevails,” the article says. “But with larger subjects like the East Village or SoHo art scenes, things get a bit wild. The plaques become crowded, the lines accumulate and the maps are nearly obliterated.”

Munk has been featured in well over 100 exhibitions worldwide since the 1980s. He also tapes and reviews exhibitions and gallery openings under the alter ego James Kalm. Click here to enter the world of this incredible artist and creative mind.

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