Wolf Kahn  (American/German, 1927) 

German-born artist Wolf Kahn (American/German, b.1927) is best known for his landscape paintings that combine the traditions of Realism and Color Field abstraction to create expressive, atmospheric works. Kahn was born in Stuttgart, and at the age of 13 moved to the United States, where he studied art in high school and, while serving in the Navy, worked as a studio assistant to prominent Abstract artist Hans Hofmann (German, 1880-1966).

After graduating from the University of Chicago, Kahn worked with other Hofmann students to form a gallery called The Hansa, where he began exhibiting his work regularly in the mid-1950s. Kahn is acclaimed as an expert colorist; Hofmann’s teachings on the rhythms created from juxtapositions of color are reflected in Kahn’s luminous, ethereal landscapes, based on sites ranging from the United States to Italy to Kenya. Kahn has been honored with a Fulbright Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Kahn currently lives and works in Vermont.

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Wolf Kahn, Quarter Mile View


Wolf Kahn
Quarter Mile View

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
Wolf Kahn, Tangly Woods in Pink & Green


Wolf Kahn
Tangly Woods in Pink & Green

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
Wolf Kahn, In Westport


Wolf Kahn
In Westport

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
Wolf Kahn, Dawn on the River


Wolf Kahn
Dawn on the River

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
Wolf Kahn, Dawn


Wolf Kahn

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
Wolf Kahn, Distant Shower


Wolf Kahn
Distant Shower

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
Wolf Kahn, Tall Pines


Wolf Kahn
Tall Pines

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
Wolf Kahn, Orange Reflected


Wolf Kahn
Orange Reflected

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
Wolf Kahn, Strong Color


Wolf Kahn
Strong Color

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Wolf Kahn, Magenta world


Wolf Kahn
Magenta world, 2004
oil on canvas


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Wolf Kahn, March Woods


Wolf Kahn
March Woods, 1986
paintings, oil


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Wolf Kahn, Somber


Wolf Kahn
Somber, 1995
paintings, oil


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1927   Born: Stuttgart, Germany
1940   Immigrated to the United States by way of England
1945   Graduated from the High School of Music and Art, New York, NY
1947   Studied at Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art
1951   Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1962   Received a Fullbright Scholorship to Italy
1966 - 1967   Received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
1979   Received an award in art from the Amrican Academy of Arts and Letters
1980   Elected to membership, National Board of the College Art Association
1982   Elected to Board, National Academy of Design
1984   Elected to membership, American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters
1998   Was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Vermont Council on the Arts
  Lives and works in New York, NY and Brattleboro, VT
2010   Wolf Kahn: Refractions of Light, Paintings and Pastels, Tayloepiggott Gallery, Jackson, WY (solo)
2009   Wolf Kahn: Pastels, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC (solo)
Wolf Kahn: Paintings and Pastels. Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC (solo)
Wolf Kahn, Toward The Larger View: A Painter's Process, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, NY (solo)
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 (solo)
Wolf Kahn: Celebrating 80 Years, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC (solo)
Wolf Kahn: Sizing Up: Part I Paintings - Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, NY (solo)
Home Turf, Mulry Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Back to the Future: Contemporary American Art from the Collection, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA
2006   Wolf Kahn: Color & Light - Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
Vision in Granite, The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
The John and Mary Lou Paxton Collection, Nevada Museum of Art NMA, Reno, NV
Wolf Kahn's Barns, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC (solo)
2005   Wolf Kahn, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, NY (solo)
Wolf Kahn Summertime Pastels, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC (solo)
Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
The Monoprint in Three Directions, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2004   Art In The New Us Embassy In Bulgaria, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Wolf Kahn's America An Artist’s Travels, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2003   Wolf Kahn: Continuity & Change, Paintings and Works on Paper 1958 - 66, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
2002   Wolf Kahn at Seventy-Five, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC (solo)
2001   Invited! Works on Paper - First Street Gallery, New York, NY
2000   Wolf Kahn: Fifty Years of Pastels - Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1999   Wolf Kahn: Southern Landscapes, Morris Museum of Art Augusta, GA (solo)
1998   Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection fr. National Museum, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
1996   Boca Raton Museum of Art Boca Raton, FL
Rediscovering the Landscapes of the Americas, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (& travelling to other venues)
  Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
National Academy Museum, New York, NY
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art,New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Houston, TX
National Academy of Design Museum, New York, NY
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Broooklyn, NY
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Whitney Museum of American Art,New York, NY