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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Wolf Kahn, Iconic Landscape Painter
Wolf Kahn (German, b. 1927) Early Spring Tangle, 2007 oil on canvas, 44 x 52 in
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the United States 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 and completed his degree in just one year.
Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters. On January 12, 2017 the US Department of State recognized Wolf Kahn with the International Medal of Arts, an honor acknowledging artists who have played an exemplary role in advancing the U.S. Department of State's mission of promoting cultural diplomacy.
Traveling extensively, Kahn has painted landscapes in Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Kenya, Maine, Mexico, and New Mexico. Many of his iconic forest landscapes are inspired by his home in Vermont, where he has spent his much of his time over the last 40 years. His unique blend of representation and colorism sets his work apart, with an unparalleled use of color producing a rich and expressive body of work.
Wolf Kahn regularly exhibits at galleries and museums across North America. His work can 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, Washington, D.C.; The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, among other institutions.