Celebrating his 90th year, Wolf Kahn continues what he has known so well and practiced so passionately, with wit and charm, grace and a deep knowledge derived from years of practice and experimentation, an art infused with fresh discovery, surprising color juxtapositions and above all, light. In his sunlit top floor studio in Manhattan, under a wide, square skylight, a large canvas on the working easel, others in progress on the walls nearby, and a paint covered and stained work table beside them, Kahn continues to invent landscapes of often unlikely color combinations and expressive brushwork.
These paintings contain barns and houses, ridge lines and paths, trees, brooks, pools and horizons. They have balance and depth, precise brushwork and impasto, formal compositional elements and spontaneous eruptions and additions. They could be no one else's work but Kahn's. What is surprising is how consistently fresh these most recent works seem despite the iconic and by now familiar frameworks.
Expressed with the artist's dry wit in his book, "Wolf Kahn's America: An Artist's Travels", Kahn notes, "I like being old, even if the names I hear are more and more unfamiliar. Maybe, to paraphrase Goethe who said that, 'Youth is wasted on the young,' we should add that 'Age can be wasted on the aged', unless one's capacity to wonder increases. There is no dearth of wonder in this collection of, mostly, recent paintings and pastels.
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 in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 until 5:30 and by appointment.
For further information and images please contact Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202.338.5180