Artist Biography: Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn
(1927-)

Born in Stuttgart in 1927, Wolf Kahn fled Germany at age 12 and moved to the United States in 1940. After attending the High School of Music and Art in New York City, he continued his studies at the Hans Hofmann School, becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. His native tongue was often an advantage in Hofmann’s classroom, as he frequently translated the teachers’ signature mix of German and English for his fellow students. After over two years of training under Hofmann, Kahn later relocated to Chicago where he received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Chicago.

Influenced by Hofmann’s practice of using nature as the starting point for a painting, Kahn’s work encompasses both pictorial landscape and painterly abstraction. Converging color and light to create atmospheric and sensual pictorial fields, his paintings evoke the ethereal world of nature even when they are non-representational. Although they are a departure in temperament from Hofmann’s “explosive” compositions, Kahn’s paintings incorporate many of Hofmann’s principles of chromatic tension and movement. Often juxtaposing saturated magentas, pinks and oranges with cool, muted pastels, Kahn achieves a balance that transports the viewer into his tranquil world.

Kahn has received honors such as the Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His works are in the permanent collections of major museums, including the National Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He recently returned to Germany for the first time since his childhood for an exhibition of his pastels at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.

 

Education:
1947-49 Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art
1949-51 University of Chicago

Awards
1963 Purchase Award, Ford Foundation
1963-65 Fulbright Scholar Award to Italy
1966 Guggenheim Fellowship
1998 Lifetime Achievement Award, Vermont Council on the Arts

Member:
National Board of the College Art Association
National Academy of Design Board Member
American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters

Selected Exhibitions:
1957 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Also 1958, 1960, 1961
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
De Moines Art Center, IA
1958 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY
1958-60 University of Illinois Biennial, IL
1959 Corcoran Gallery Biennial, New York, NY
1961 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA. Also 1962, 1965.
1962 Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, TX
1963 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Kansas City Art Institute, OH
1964 Cincinnati Museum of Art
1971-72 Americans in Europe, American Federation of the Arts
1972 New England Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Chrysler Museum
1979 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Corcoran Gallery, New York, NY
1970s Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, NY
Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
1979 Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
1985 San Francisco Museum of Art, CA
1987 San Diego Museum of Art, CA
1990 Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, FL
1993 Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MA
1994 Nerberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase, NY
Art 25, Basel, Switzerland
The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
Selected Exhibitions Continuted:
1994 Cove Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
1995 Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MA
Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, NY
Carone Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples, FL
Gallery 30, Burlingame, CA
Walker Kornbluth Gallery, Fairlawn, NJ
Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1996 Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Rediscovering the Landscapes of the Americas, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1998 Centennial Exhibition, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
1999 Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Works on Paper, New York, NY
Art Palm Beach ’99, Palm Beach, FL
Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charleston, SC
2000 Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC
Beadleston Gallery, New York, NY
Kunsthaus Buhler, Stuttgart, Germany
Fifty Years of Pastels, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
2001 Galerie Brokstedt, Hamburg, Germany
Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT
Drabinsky & Friedland Gallery, Toronto, ONT
Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples, FL
Museum fur Kunst und Gerwerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
Thomas Segal Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
2002 Ameringer Howard Yohe Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL
Beadleston Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Wolf Kahn: Continuity and Change, Paintings and Works on Paper 1958-66, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY
2004 Wolf Kahn: Recent Paintings, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY
2005 Wolf Kahn, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY
2006 Vision in Granite, The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
2007 Yosemite – Art of an American Icon, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Wolf Kahn: Sizing Up: Part II, Pastels, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY
Collections:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
National Academy of Design, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
Memorial Gallery and Permanent Collection, University of Rochester, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Minnesota Museum of American Art, MN
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX
St. Louis Museum of Art, MO
Dallas Museum of Art, TX
Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, NH
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Springfield Museum of Art, OH
The State University of New York, Purchase, NY
University of California at Berkeley, CA
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
University of Nebraska, NE
Williams College, Boston, MA
Worcester Art Museum, MA

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: David Cowan’s Favorites

15 January – 23 April, 2010

An exhibition titled DIRECTOR’S CHOICE will open with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday 15 January 2010 at ACME Fine Art’s 38 Newbury Street gallery. The exhibition will feature a selection of recently acquired paintings, drawings, and sculpture by noted 20th century modern American artists.

The stylistically diverse group of works that comprise the exhibition was assembled by Gallery Director David Cowan from a variety of private collections and estates, with the intent to display the breadth and quality of artwork in the current gallery collection. The exhibition will embrace Surrealism, Early Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, and Figural Abstraction.

In addition, a fine group of Indian Space Paintings by Will Barnet, Steve Wheeler and Peter Busa will be included. Other artists whose work is represented include expressionist painters Jack Tworkov, Stephen Pace, Dorothy Eisner, William Kienbusch, George McNeil and Robert Beauchamp. Rare Surrealist canvases by Federico Castellon and Harold Sterner will also help form the exhibition.

A landscape gem previously exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Hirschhorn Museum that was created by early modern painter Edwin Dickinson in 1938 will round out the diverse group of artworks.

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE will be on view at ACME Fine Art through 23 April 2010.

For further information about this exhibition or other gallery events, please contact the gallery at 617.585.9551, or via e-mail at info@acmefineart.com.

ACME Fine Art and Design is located in Boston’s Back Bay at 38 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. Gallery hours are 11:00am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.

 

GEORGE McNEIL: The Women Works on Paper 1938-1972

15 January – 6 March, 2010

ACME Fine Art’s upcoming exhibition George McNeil: The Women will feature newly acquired works on paper that have not previously been shown. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday 12 March and will be on view through Saturday 8 May 2010.

George McNeil began his artistic exploration during his teenage years in 1922 when he began art classes at the Brooklyn Museum. McNeil studied at the Art Students League, Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art and Columbia University, worked on a WPA Federal Art Project and was a founding member of American Abstract Artists. McNeil is best known as an American modernist and first-generation Abstract Expressionist painter.

George McNeil: The Women includes representations of the female figure from 1938-1972, spanning McNeil’s figurative, abstract expressionist and late figurative periods. An early ink drawing from 1938, during his time as a teacher at the Hans Hofmann School, exemplifies McNeil’s deconstruction of form that preceded his abstract expressionist works. Two unique works from Paris in 1952 show the influence of Andre Lhote, a renowned Cubist artist and teacher whose figure drawing classes McNeil briefly attended. These rare Parisian figure drawings depict stylized forms in elegant poses, yet were executed during a period in which McNeil’s works were almost exclusively abstract. Forming the centerpiece of the exhibition is a charcoal drawing from 1972 in which McNeil used strong lines and exaggerated foreshortening to render a reclining nude.

McNeil exhibited widely during his career through numerous solo and group shows at galleries and museums nationwide. McNeil’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Corcoran Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum among others.

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition of works on paper by George McNeil will be on view from 12 March to 8 May 2010.

For further information about this exhibition or other gallery events, please contact the gallery at 617.585.9551, or via e-mail at info@acmefineart.com

ACME Fine Art and Design is located in Boston’s Back Bay at 38 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. Gallery hours are 11:00am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.