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.


Born in Stuttgart, Germany
Immigrated to the United States by way of England
Graduated from the High School of Music and Art, New York, USA
Studied at Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Received a Fullbright Scholorship to Italy
Received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
Received an award in art from the Amrican Academy of Arts and Letters
Elected to membership, National Board of the College Art Association
Elected to Board, National Academy of Design
Elected to membership, American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters
Was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Vermont Council on the Arts
Lives and works in New York and Brattleboro, USA


Wolf Kahn: Refractions of Light, Paintings and Pastels, Tayloepiggott Gallery, Jackson, USA (solo)
Wolf Kahn: Pastels, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, USA (solo)
Wolf Kahn: Paintings and Pastels, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, D.C. (solo)
Wolf Kahn, Toward The Larger View: A Painter's Process, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, USA (solo)
Yosemite - Art of an American Icon, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, USA
Wolf Kahn: Sizing Up: Part II Pastels, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, USA (solo)
Wolf Kahn: Celebrating 80 Years, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA (solo)
Wolf Kahn: Sizing Up: Part I Paintings - Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, USA (solo)
Home Turf, Mulry Fine Art, West Palm Beach, USA
Back to the Future: Contemporary American Art from the Collection, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, USA
Wolf Kahn: Color & Light - Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, USA (solo)
Vision in Granite, The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, USA
The John and Mary Lou Paxton Collection, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA
Wolf Kahn's Barns, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, USA (solo)
Wolf Kahn, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York, USA (solo)
Wolf Kahn Summertime Pastels, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA (solo)
Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery - Los Angeles, USA
The Monoprint in Three Directions, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA
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, USA
Wolf Kahn: Continuity & Change, Paintings and Works on Paper 1958 - 66, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, USA (solo)
Wolf Kahn at Seventy-Five, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA (solo)
Invited! Works on Paper - First Street Gallery, New York, USA
Wolf Kahn: Fifty Years of Pastels - Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, USA
Wolf Kahn: Southern Landscapes, Morris Museum of Art Augusta, USA (solo)
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection fr. National Museum, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, USA
Boca Raton Museum of Art Boca Raton, USA
Rediscovering the Landscapes of the Americas, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, USA (travelled)

Public Collections

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