Now in his 90th year, Wolf Kahn is a legend of American abstracted landscape painting, employing his signature interplay of glowing color, evocative form and resplendent light to create a brilliant personal vision of nature that is both expressive and contemplative. LewAllen Galleries is proud to present its first solo exhibition of Kahn’s paintings since assuming representation last year of this towering figure of American painting.
Kahn’s long painting career has brought him critical acclaim and an impressive resume of leading private and museum collections in the United States and abroad. Born in Germany in 1929, Kahn escaped the Nazis by immigrating first to England in 1939 and then to the United States in 1940. He studied with, and was studio assistant to, renowned colorist and Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. In the 1950s, Kahn led a generation of artists in New York City that sought to reconcile the Abstract Expressionist and Color Field movements with traditional representational art. In contrast to the then-prevailing view in the art world that subject matter was unimportant to a painting’s composition, Kahn sought to break down the idea that subject, composition, and color were mutually exclusive.