Rich color and striking contrasts
of light and dark characterize the paintings of Wolf Kahn, AB'51. The 1992 All-over
Trees (above) was among 43 works in Landscapes by Wolf Kahn, shown
at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Ogunquit, Maine, from August 19 to October
15. The Ogunquit exhibit included both landscapes and barn paintings; Kahn's well-known
barn series has evoked comparisons to Monet's renderings of the Rouen Cathedral.
Of his technique, Kahn says, "The picture
remains in suspension until the very end. The more I am surprised by the eventual
resolution the better the painting."
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Born in Stuttgart,
Germany, Kahn came to the United States in 1939 when he was 12. Following high
school in New York, he studied with Hans Hofmann and then at the U of C. He has
taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Dartmouth; the Haystack School;
and Cooper Union. His work has earned him Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships
and election to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In April
2001 Kahn returned to Germany-his first visit since emigrating-for an exhibition
at Hamburg's Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe.
- Evan Haglund