Friday, January 14, 2011

Wolf Kahn

Name: Wolf Kahn
Bio: Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the United States via England in 1940. In 1945 he graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill he studied with the well-known teacher and abstract expressionist Hans Hoffman, becoming Hofmann's studio assistant. In 1950 he enrolled in the University of Chicago from which he graduated in 1951 with a BA. Wolf Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a member of the Nation Academy of Design, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He travels extensively and has painted landscapes in Maine, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Kenya, New Mexico, Hawaii and Egypt. He spends his summers and autumns in Vermont, on a farm which he and his wife, the painter Emily Mason, have owned since 1968. They have two daughters, Cecily and Melany. Cecily Kahn is a painter, married to the painter David Kapp.
The Pastel Journal had an in-depth interview with Wolf Kahn in the December 2006 issue, in which he discussed his process.
Medium: Pastel, Monotypes, Etchings, Silkscreens, Oil. In his book Wolf Kahn Pastels, Kahn describes how Degas used pastels over monotype and that he (Kahn) first did so to avoid having to destroy an otherwise good print by adding a few strokes of pastel to complete the work. He’s been doing this for 25 years now, producing up to 100 works of this type.
Publications: Wolf Kahn's America: An Artist's Travels. Harry N. Abrams, 2003. ISBN-10: 0810967960; ISBN-13: 978-0810967960
Wolf Kahn Pastels. Harry N Abrams 2000.
ISBN-10: 0810967073; ISBN-13: 978-0810967076
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: A unique blend of Realism and Color Field painting sets the work of Wolf Kahn apart. Color is his signature, and he has this to say of his work:
“This is my primary interest. I am always trying to get to the danger point, where color either becomes too sweet or too harsh; too noisy or too quiet.”
Navigation: Main Menu remains on top.
Gallery: Pastels; Paintings.
Image View: Each gallery opens in a page of thumbnails, with a viewer to the side. Each thumbnail contains the relevant information. Each image is presented in Adobe Flash 10 - right click to zoom in – two such zooms and you start to lose definition. Download is not possible. You might find higher definition images of Kahn's work by doing a Google image search.
Red Barns in Rain is 13 x 18 ins.
Blog/Demo/Facebook/Twitter/EBay/Flickr: No.

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