Wolf Kahn’s transformative work, more than any other, contemporary landscape painter, continues to excite and engage. In an age of fifteen minute trends, Wolf Kahn delivers substance, a distinctive style and consulate skill. It is a pleasure to bring another, outstanding group of recent paintings and pastels to Addison/Ripley for this exhibit.
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. That alchemy whereby the familiar is resolved into a work of art will be on display in this exhibit.
Always possessed of a wry humor and self deprecating manner, in conversation, while we were selecting work for this exhibit Kahn responded to recent articles praising the vivid colors in his work and said: ”I’ve been called a colorist, but I'm more interested in the structure of the painting than the color of it.” His utter delight in the process of painting in the studio and of constructing each painting was seen in the array of new works around the studio, from which this group was chosen, and the artist’s palette, overflowing with fresh paint.
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