Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present seventeen selected paintings by prominent Color Field painter Wolf Kahn. Reflecting upon the past two decades of the artist's celebrated career, this exhibition highlights one painting per year from 2000 to 2017. A public reception to honor the exhibition's opening will be held on Friday, February 16 from 6 to 8pm.
Regarded as one of the preeminent colorists of the last century, Wolf Kahn combines Realism and Color Field painting to create work at the vanguard of American representational art. Working from nature and often depicting New England landscapes in his compositions, Kahn's subject matter is illuminated with his exceptional use of color. This work will be displayed alongside the distinguished work of fellow artist and wife, Emily Mason.
Born in Germany in 1927, Kahn fled to England during World War II and ultimately emigrated with his family to New York City. Entering the High School of Music and Art in 1942, Kahn was determined to become a painter at a young age. After he graduated, he spent a year in the U.S. Navy and then began his studies with the seminal Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann, eventually becoming his studio assistant. Although he came of age immersed in Abstract Expressionism, Kahn veered from his peers and turned to nature for inspiration. Working with contemporaries such as Larry Rivers, Joan Mitchell, and Alan Kaprow, Kahn became well regarded as a member of the second-generation of the New York School.
Kahn's work is included in preeminent private and public collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art; and the Jewish Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and both the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. Kahn is a member of the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Scholarship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.