Opening Reception: Saturday, December 7 from 5pm to 7pm
Culled from the artist’s private archives, generously opened for this exhibition of recent paintings and pastels, this most recent exhibition of Wolf Kahn’s work, in his 92nd year, celebrates early influences and themes like his barns as well as his later variations on stands of trees and familiar Rothko like foreground, middle ground and background works.
Where the hand and mind of the artist are evident, where experience meets a long career of observation, experimentation and adaptation, where the medium becomes the artist’s playground, here on canvas and paper Wolf Kahn constructs works of art that are authentic and significant. While his signature colors are eye catching, it is the brush and chalk and the marks they make that transform the surface of Kahn’s work. Along with some of the painter’s professional history, that alchemy whereby the familiar is resolved into a work of art will be on display in the paintings and pastels in this exhibit.
After receiving the State Department’s International Medal of the Arts recently, the artist commented, “I never want to look at it (the art) the way an outsider would. There’s a certain mystery in making paintings, and I don’t want to destroy that. What people think art’s about is not always what it’s about. Lately I’ve decided my painting isn’t about describing places or things, it’s much closer to just an expression of enthusiasm.”
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 and has, since then lived and worked between New York City and Southern Vermont. 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 National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue NW. For more information about the artist and his work, including work not seen in this exhibition, images from the exhibition or to schedule an appointment to view the work, please call Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202.338.5180.