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WOLF KAHN

525 West 22nd Street

14 March - 13 April 2019

WOLF KAHN
WOLF KAHN
WOLF KAHN
WOLF KAHN
WOLF KAHN
WOLF KAHN
Into a Clearing, 1960, Oil on canvas, 61 3/4 x 53 1/2 inches, 156.8 x 135.9 cm, MMG#11082
View Over Martha's Vineyard Bay, 1960 Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches, 127 x 101.6 cm, MMG#29989
Sailboat in the Summers Heat, 1961, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches, 50.8 x 50.8 cm, MMG#13722
Dark Penobscot, 1962, Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 41 inches, 72.4 x 104.1 cm, MMG#29991
Toward Eagle Inlet, 1962, Oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 36 inches, 75.6 x 91.4 cm, MMG#29990
Woods, Almost All Black, 1962 Oil on canvas, 44 x 50 inches,111.8 x 127 cm, MMG#13585
Cypress Rows, 1963, Oil on canvas, 25 x 30.75 inches, 63.5 x 78.1 cm, MMG#13685
Olives and Cypresses, 1963, Oil on canvas, 52 x 63 inches, 132.1 x 160 cm, MMG#29993
Sailboat in the Distance, 1963, Oil on canvas, 36 x 46 inches, 91.4 x 116.8 cm, MMG#29992
Tre Alberi, 1963, Oil on canvas, 31 3/8 x 39 1/4 inches, 79.7 x 99.7 cm, MMG#9713
Edge at Dark Woods, 1964, Oil on canvas, 31.75 x 39.5 inches, 80.6 x 100.3 cm, MMG#13681
Landscape, 1964, Oil on canvas, 28 x 32 inches, 71.1 x 81.3 cm, MMG#29996
Pleine Trees on Lungotevere, 1964, Oil on canvas, 36 x 47 inches, 91.4 x 119.4 cm, MMG#30208
Under Foliage, 1964, Oil on canvas, 29 x 36.5 inches, 73.7 x 92.7 cm, MMG#13684
Untitled (Trees), 1964 (circa), Oil on canvas, 23.5 x 31.25 inches, 59.7 x 79.4 cm, MMG#13724
Sailboat Mooring, 1965, Oil on canvas, 12 x 18 inches, 30.5 x 45.7 cm, MMG#29981
Boat at Rest, 1966, Oil on canvas, 19.5 x 23 inches, 49.5 x 58.4 cm, MMG#13687
Golden Harbor, 1966, Oil on canvas, 20 x 25 inches, 50.8 x 63.5 cm, MMG#29983
The Weight of a Summer Sky, 1966, Oil on canvas, 40 x 52 inches, 101.6 x 132.1 cm, MMG#29984
Edgartown, 1967, Oil on canvas,22 x 28 inches, 55.9 x 71.1 cm, MMG#29987
Fall Woods and Barn, 1967, Oil on canvas, 56 x 65 inches, 142.2 x 165.1 cm, MMG#30209
Harbor Sentinels, 1967 Oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches, 61 x 71.1 cm, MMG#13710
Untitled (Gray Harbor), 1967 (circa), Oil on canvas, 20 x 26 inches, 50.8 x 66 cm, MMG#29997
Sunset Harbor, 1968, Oil on canvas, 26 x 40 inches, 66 x 101.6 cm, MMG#13683
Against a Red Slope (Large Version), 2018, Oil on canvas, 46 x 68 inches,116.8 x 172.7 cm, MMG#30580
Alberi Bianci, 2018, Oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches, 61 x 71.1 cm, MMG#29980
Barely Blue, 2018, Oil on canvas, 24 x 22 inches 61 x 55.9 cm, MMG#30581
Black Against Yellow, 2018 Oil on canvas, 26 x 42 inches, 66 x 106.7 cm, MMG#30582
Blue Trunks, 2018, Oil on canvas, 26 x 26 inches, 66 x 66 cm, MMG#30041
Blue Woods, 2018, Oil on canvas, 36 x 44 inches, 91.4 x 111.8 cm, MMG#30684
Bright, but not too Bright, 2018, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 76.2 x 76.2 cm, MMG#29948
Copse, 2018, Oil on canvas, 22 x 24 inches, 55.9 x 61 cm, MMG#30584
Dark Purple Corner, 2018, Oil on canvas, 52 x 60 inches, 132.1 x 152.4 cm, MMG#30585
Dense, 2018, Oil on canvas, 30 x 52 inches, 76.2 x 132.1 cm, MMG#30686
Edge of the Clearing, 2018, Oil on canvas, 40 x 52 inches, 101.6 x 132.1 cm, MMG#30687
Green in the Foreground, 2018, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 101.6 x 76.2 cm, MMG#30688
Interrupted Horizon, 2018, Oil on canvas, 24 x 22 inches, 61 x 55.9 cm, MMG#29952
Late Evening, 2018, Oil on canvas, 28 x 28 inches, 71.1 x 71.1 cm, MMG#30122
Loving Pink, 2018, Oil on canvas, 22 x 30 inches, 55.9 x 76.2 cm, MMG#29953
Miles' Favorite - Spring, 2018, Oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches, 66 x 55.9 cm, MMG#29954
Miles' Favorite - Summer, 2018, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 101.6 x 76.2 cm, MMG#30587
Occluded by Short Horizontals, 2018, Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, MMG#30123
Off Halladay Brook Road, 2018, Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches, 50.8 x 61 cm, MMG#29955
Pine Row, 2018, Oil on canvas, 22 x 24 inches, 55.9 x 61 cm, MMG#30589
Pink Sky, 2018, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, MMG#30742
Red Glow in Spring, 2018, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, MMG#30689
Reddish Purple Distance, 2018, Oil on canvas, 22 x 24 inches, 55.9 x 61 cm, MMG#30124
Rising on the Left, 2018, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, MMG#30690
Single Leaning Hemlock Tree, 2018, Oil on canvas, 40 x 52 inches, 101.6 x 132.1 cm, MMG#30741
Spring Canvas, Almost a Square, 2018, Oil on canvas, 26 x 28 inches, 66 x 71.1 cm, MMG#30590
Summer Season, 2018 Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, MMG#30692
Through Trees to a Yellow Field, 2018, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, MMG#30693
Transparent Woods, 2018, Oil on canvas, 40 x 52 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, MMG#30592
Two Levels of Green, One of Orange, 2018, Oil on canvas, 52 x 68 inches, 132.1 x 172.7 cm, MMG#30740
Using White for Density, 2018, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, MMG#29958
White Center, 2018, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, MMG#30593
White Web, 2018, Oil on canvas, 25 x 20 inches, 63.5 x 50.8 cm, MMG#30595
Yellow Woods, 2018, Oil on canvas, 22 x 28 inches, 55.9 x 71.1 cm, MMG#29960

Press Release

NEW YORK – MILES MCENERY GALLERY is delighted to present an exhibition of works by Wolf Kahn, on view 14 March through 13 April at 525 West 22nd Street. A public reception will be held for the artist on Thursday 14 March from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring an essay by Martica Sawin.

Including paintings dating from the 1960s as well as a selection of recent works, this exhibition illustrates the evolution of Wolf Kahn’s prolific career and his continuing exploration of the relationships between color and form. Kahn’s earlier, more densely painted canvases often feature darker, tonal hues, while his works from the late ‘60s represent a transition to an increasingly vivid palette. Illuminated by brilliant bands of color, his vigorously painted landscapes possess a captivating rhythm and alluring vibrancy. By juxtaposing bolds tones with the muted shades of the natural world, Kahn produces a kind of contrast that energizes the surface of the canvas while simultaneously creating a sense of balance. After decades of painting, Kahn’s masterful use of color remains his primary subject.

While Kahn’s subject matter remains rooted in reality, his abstract methods of representation reveal a unique dynamic between representational painting and abstract principles. As Martica Sawin suggests, “The significance of his contribution to the panorama of contemporary American art lies in the way his works preservecertain values of modernism, pay homage to the nature that surrounds us, embody the highest level of painterly performance, and take cognizance of changing ways of thinking about and producing art, while not letting go of what has gone before.”

Kahn works intuitively, letting the painting guide his next movements. With over 70 years of experience, he continues to challenge himself, painting nearly everyday, and his work remains ever evolving. “I have to keep my innocence of spirit,” Kahn says. “You have to allow for failure. If you can’t grow at 91, when can you grow? I’m striving for the moment where the painting starts giving me a hard time.”

WOLF KAHN was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927. He immigrated to the United States by way of England in1940. In 1945, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art in New York, after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill, he studied with renowned teacher and Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann, later becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. In 1950, he enrolled in the University of Chicago, and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

After completing his degree in only one year, Kahn decided to return to being a full-time artist. He and other former Hofmannstudents established the Hansa Gallery, a cooperative gallery where Kahn had his rst solo exhibition. In 1956, he joined the GraceBorgenicht Gallery, where he exhibited regularly until 1995. Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Medal of Arts from the U.S. State Department.

Traveling extensively, he has painted landscapes in Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Kenya, Maine, Mexico, and New Mexico. He spends his summers and autumns in Vermont on a hillside farm, which he and his wife, the painter Emily Mason, have owned since 1968, but his primary residence is in New York City.

Kahn’s work is set apart by his masterful synthesis of artistic traits—the modern abstract training of Hans Hofmann, the palette of Matisse, Rothko’s sweeping bands of color, the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism. The fusion of color, spontaneity and representation has produced a rich and expressive body of work.

Wolf Kahn regularly exhibits at galleries and museums across North America. 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.