WOLF KAHN

16 November - 23 December 2017

Slope, 2015, Oil on canvas, 52 x 68 inches, 132.1 x 172.7 cm, AMY#28050
Purple Trees, 2015, Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, 50.8 x 76.2 cm, AMY#28184
Empty on the Right, 2015, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28955
Yellow Overflow, 2017, Oil on canvas, 52 x 72 inches, 132.1 x 182.9 cm, AMY#28962
Orange Barn, Half Hidden, 2016, Oil on canvas, 36 x 68 inches, 91.4 x 172.7 cm, AMY#28090
Green Top, Green Bottom, 2016, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28051
Spring Foliage, 2016, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 61 x 61 cm, AMY#28651
Trees Along the River, 2016, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28173
Rows, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 48 inches, 132.1 x 121.9 cm, AMY#28652
Blue to Yellow Through Green, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28183
Through to the Hillside, 2016, Oil on canvas, 22 x 28 inches, 55.9 x 71.1 cm, AMY#28186
Two Greens and Blue, 2016, Oil on canvas, 26 x 28 inches, 66 x 71.1 cm, AMY#28935
Green at the Bottom, Blue at the Top, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 60 inches, 132.1 x 152.4 cm, AMY#28310
High Pink Sky, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28653
Improbable Pink Sky, 2016, Oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches, 71.1 x 55.9 cm, AMY#28769
Water the Color of the Sky, 2016, Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches, 64.8 x 50.2 cm, AMY#28617
Simple, 2016, Oil on canvas, 14 x 16 inches, 35.6 x 40.6 cm, AMY#28820
A Glimpse of Blue, 2016, Oil on canvas, 24 x 26 inches, 61 x 66 cm, AMY#28618
Slowly Upward, 2016, Oil on canvas, 24 x 32 inches, 61 x 81.3 cm, AMY#28621
In an Orange World, 2016, Oil on canvas, 26 x 20 inches, 66 x 50.8 cm, AMY#28627
Diagonal Bands, 2016, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 61 x 61 cm, AMY#28619
Low Violet, 2016, Oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 38 inches, 54.6 x 96.5 cm, AMY#28624
On the Hillside, 2016, Oil on canvas, 22 x 32 inches, 55.9 x 81.3 cm, AMY#28620
Weight on the Right, 2016, Oil on canvas, 46 x 55 3/4 inches, 116.8 x 141.6 cm, AMY#28615
Gray/Blue Sky, Dark Version, 2016, Oil on canvas, 40 x 34 inches, 101.6 x 86.4 cm, AMY#28805
Farm Buildings Amid Bare Trees, 2016, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28626
Blue Diagonal , 2016, Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 inches, 121.9 x 76.2 cm, AMY#28770
Warm Yellow on the Lower Left, 2016, Oil on canvas, 30 x 52 inches, 76.2 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28625
Poplars in Winter, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 36 inches, 132.1 x 91.4 cm, AMY#28936
Young Beech Trees, Large Version, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28654
Blue Trees, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 66 inches, 132.1 x 167.6 cm, AMY#28614
Dense and Transparent, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 72 inches, 132.1 x 182.9 cm, AMY#28622
Entering Right, 2016, Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches, 40.6 x 40.6 cm, AMY#28771
Foggy Morning II, 2016, Oil on canvas, 30 x 44 inches, 76.2 x 111.8 cm, AMY#28957
Marsh Near Wiscasset, Maine, 2016, Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches, 50.8 x 61 cm, AMY#28806
At the Edge of the Pond, 2016, Oil on canvas, 66 x 52 inches, 167.6 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28655
Growing from Orange Ground, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 60 inches, 132.1 x 152.4 cm, AMY#28656
Warm, 2016, Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 inches, 127 x 152.4 cm, AMY#28658
Early Blooming Fruit Tree, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 72 inches, 132.1 x 182.9 cm, AMY#28772
Dense Plantation of Silver Birches II, 2017, Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28807
Summer Light Caught in the Woods, 2017, Oil on canvas, 60 x 52 inches, 152.4 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28808
Green in Back, 2017, Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28809
Blue Below and on the Sides, 2017, Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28810
Orange Behind Trees, 2017, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28822
Three Tree Rows, 2017, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28823
Predominately Red-Violet, 2017, Oil on canvas, 40 x 52 inches, 101.6 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28939
Provence Blue, 2017, Oil on canvas, 52 x 60 inches, 132.1 x 152.4 cm, AMY#28940
Two Yellows and Black, 2017, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 101.6 x 76.2 cm, AMY#28941
Rose-Colored Sky, 2017, Oil on canvas, 36 x 52 inches, 91.4 x 132.1 cm, AMY#28961
Off Carpenter Road, 2017, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 101.6 x 76.2 cm, AMY#29025
Summer Light Caught in the Woods II, 2017, Oil on canvas, 66 x 52 inches, 167.6 x 132.1 cm, AMY#29026
Growing from Blue, 2017, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, AMY#29092
The Interior Light of the Forest, 2017, Oil on canvas, 52 x 66 inches, 132.1 x 167.6 cm, AMY#29027
From the Valley, 2017, Oil on canvas, 46 x 68 inches, 116.8 x 172.7 cm, AMY#29093
Early Spring, 2017, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, AMY#29094
Half Wild Landscape, 2017, Oil on canvas, 52 x 52 inches, 132.1 x 132.1 cm, AMY#29095

Press Release

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AMERINGER | McENERY | YOHE is delighted to celebrate Wolf Kahn—who turned 90 this year—with an exhibition of recent paintings. The exhibition will open 16 November and remain on view through 23 December 2017. A public reception for the artist will be held on 16 November from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by John Yau.

This ambitious body of work represents the past two years of Wolf Kahn’s daily studio practice, and demonstrates his continued exploration of the relationships of color and form. With quick, flickering brushstrokes and delineated bands of vivid hues, Kahn creates landscapes that are simultaneously descriptive and abstract. As John Yau notes, these paintings serve as a means to “explore color relationships that range from moody, dark, subtly shifting tonalities to jarring collisions of saturated intensities.”

Kahn’s work remains rooted in direct observation, with each season producing a new challenge. His recent paintings highlight his finely tuned ability to capture subtle differences in light and shadow: some canvases are suffused with an intense radiance, while others contain darker, more sharply contrasted tones. After many decades, Kahn continues to make color his primary subject, in all of its shades and permutations.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the United States by way of England in 1940. 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.

Having completed his degree in only one year, Kahn was determined to become a professional artist. He and other former Hofmann students established the Hansa Gallery, a cooperative gallery where Kahn had his first solo exhibition. In 1956, he joined the Grace Borgenicht 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.

The unique blend of Realism and formal discipline of Color Field painting sets the work of Wolf Kahn apart. Kahn is an artist who embodies a 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.