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Kahn, Wolf

German/American, Born 1927
  • 1993
    Pastel on Paper
    7.75 x 9.5 in. (Sight Size)
    Listing no. 3251
    NOW: $3,400.00

About this Artist

WOLF KAHN

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the United States by way of England in 1940. In 1945, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art in New York, after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill, he studied with renowned teacher and Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann, later becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. In 1950, he enrolled in the University of Chicago.
He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

After completing his degree in only one year, Kahn decided to return to being a full-time artist. He and other former Hofmann students established the Hansa Gallery, a cooperative gallery where Kahn had his first solo exhibition. In 1956, he joined the Grace Borgenicht Gallery, where he exhibited regularly until 1995. Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Medal of Arts from the U.S. State Department.

Traveling extensively, he has painted landscapes in Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Kenya, Maine, Mexico, and New Mexico. He spends his summers and autumns in Vermont on a hillside farm, which he and his wife, the painter Emily Mason, have owned since 1968, but his primary residence is in New York City. They have two daughters, Cecily and Melany. Cecily Kahn is also an artist, and is married to the painter David Kapp.

The unique blend of Realism and formal discipline of Color Field painting sets the work of Wolf Kahn apart. Kahn is an artist who embodies a synthesis of artistic traits – the modern abstract training of Hans Hofmann, the palette of Matisse, Rothko’s sweeping bands of color, the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism. The fusion of color, spontaneity and representation has produced a rich and expressive body of work.

Wolf Kahn regularly exhibits at galleries and museums across North America. His work may be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Hirshhorn Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

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WOLF KAHN


EDUCATION:

1966 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
1962 Fulbright Scholarship to Italy
1950-51 University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts, Chicago
1947 Studied under Hans Hofmann at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art
1946 New School, studied under Stuart Davis
1945 High School of Art and Music, New York


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Spring Group Exhibition, Cavalier Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Annual Small Works Exhibition, Cavalier Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Wolf Kahn – Pastels, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
2010 Re-fractions of Light, Paintings and Pastels, Tayloepiggott Gallery, Jackson, USA
2009 Pastels, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, USA
2009 Paintings and Pastels, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, D.C
2009 Toward The Larger View: A Painter’s Process, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, USA
2007 Yosemite – Art of an American Icon, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, USA
2007 Sizing Up: Part II Pastels, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, USA
2007 Celebrating 80 Years, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA
2007 Sizing Up: Part I Paintings – Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, USA
2007 Home Turf, Mulry Fine Art, West Palm Beach, USA
2007 Back to the Future: Contemporary American Art from the Collection, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, USA
2006 Color & Light – Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, USA
2006 Vision in Granite, The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, USA
2006 The John and Mary Lou Paxton Collection, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA
2006 Wolf Kahn’s Barns, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, NC
2005 Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, USA
2005 Summertime Pastels, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA
2005 Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery – Los Angeles, USA
2005 The Monoprint in Three Directions, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA
2004 Art In The New Us Embassy In Bulgaria, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2004 Wolf Kahn’s America An Artist’s Travels, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA
2004 The Artist’s Eye: Wolf Kahn as a Curator, National Academy of Design Museum, New York, NY
2003 Continuity & Change, Paintings and Works on Paper 1958 – 66, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, USA
2002 Wolf Kahn at Seventy-Five, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA
2001 Invited! Works on Paper – First Street Gallery, New York, USA
2000 Fifty Years of Pastels – Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, US
1999 Wolf Kahn: Southern Landscapes, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
1998 Centennial Exhibition, Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
1998 Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection fr. National Museum, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, USA
1996 Boca Raton Museum of Art Boca Raton, USA
1996 Rediscovering the Landscapes of the Americas, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, USA (traveled)
1994 Art 25, Basel, Switzerland
1993 Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Paris
1985 The Janss Collection, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1984 Solo Exhibition Wolf Kahn: Landscapes, San Diego Museum of Art, San Deigo, CA
1979 Recent Acquisitions Hans Hofmann as a Teacher, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1979 American Places, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1972 New England Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Chrysler Museum, Boston, MA
1971–72 Americans in Europe, American Federation of the Arts, New York, NY
1964 Solo Exhibition, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
1963 Group Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1962 Solo Exhibition* Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
1960 Young America 1960: 30 Painters under 36, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1957 The New York School: The Second Generation, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
The Jewish Museum, New York
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX


PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

American Express, New York
Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Ernest and Young, New York
Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, New York
The Rockefeller Group, New York
US Government, Number One Observatory Circle, Washington, D.C.


MEMBERSHIPS:

National Board of the College Art Association, New York
National Academy of Design, board member, New York
American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters, New York
Marlboro College, Member, Board of Trustees, Marlboro, VT
Brattleboro Museum, Honorary Trustee, Brattleboro, VT


AWARDS:

2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Wheaton College
2000 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, Wheaton College
1998 Lifetime Achievement Award, Vermont Council of the Arts
1979 Award in Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters
1966 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
1962 Fulbright Scholar
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