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Wolf Kahn

MILES MCENERY GALLERY is delighted to present an exhibition of works by Wolf Kahn, on view 14 March through 13 April at 525 West 22nd Street. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring an essay by Martica Sawin.

Including paintings dating from the 1960s as well as a selection of recent works, this exhibition illustrates the evolution of Wolf Kahn’s prolific career and his continuing exploration of the relationships between color and form. Kahn’s earlier, more densely painted canvases often feature darker, tonal hues, while his works from the late ‘60s represent a transition to an increasingly vivid palette. Illuminated by brilliant bands of color, his vigorously painted landscapes possess a captivating rhythm and alluring vibrancy. By juxtaposing bolds tones with the muted shades of the natural world, Kahn produces a kind of contrast that energizes the surface of the canvas while simultaneously creating a sense of balance. After decades of painting, Kahn’s masterful use of color remains his primary subject.

While Kahn’s subject matter remains rooted in reality, his abstract methods of representation reveal a unique dynamic between representational painting and abstract principles. As Martica Sawin suggests, “The significance of his contribution to the panorama of contemporary American art lies in the way his works preserve certain values of modernism, pay homage to the nature that surrounds us, embody the highest level of painterly performance, and take cognizance of changing ways of thinking about and producing art, while not letting go of what has gone before.”

Kahn works intuitively, letting the painting guide his next movements. With over 70 years of experience, he continues to challenge himself, painting nearly everyday, and his work remains ever evolving. “I have to keep my innocence of spirit,” Kahn says. “You have to allow for failure. If you can’t grow at 91, when can you grow? I’m striving for the moment where the painting starts giving me a hard time.”

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Date

Mar 14 - Apr 13, 2019

Contact

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Photos

Installation view of Wolf Kahn

Miles McEnery Gallery, New York (525 W 22nd St)

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Installation view of Wolf Kahn

Miles McEnery Gallery, New York (525 W 22nd St)

Artworks

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Into a Clearing

View Over Martha's Vineyard Bay

Sailboat in the Summers Heat

Dark Penobscot

Toward Eagle Inlet

Woods, Almost All Black

Cypress Rows

Olives and Cypresses

Sailboat in the Distance

Tre Alberi

Edge at Dark Woods

Landscape

Pleine Trees on Lungotevere

Under Foliage

Untitled (Trees)

Sailboat Mooring

Boat at Rest

Golden Harbor

The Weight of a Summer Sky

Edgartown

Fall Woods and Barn

Harbor Sentinels

Untitled (Gray Harbor)

Sunset Harbor

Alberi Bianci

Barely Blue

Black Against Yellow

Blue Trunks

Blue Woods

Bright, but not too Bright

Copse

Dark Purple Corner

Dense

Edge of the Clearing

Green in the Foreground

Interrupted Horizon

Late Evening

Loving Pink

Miles' Favorite - Spring

Miles' Favorite - Summer

Occluded by Short Horizontals

Off Halladay Brook Road

Pine Row

Pink Sky

Red Glow in Spring

Reddish Purple Distance

Rising on the Left

Single Leaning Hemlock Tree

Spring Canvas, Almost a Square

Summer Season

Through Trees to a Yellow Field

Transparent Woods

Two Levels of Green, One of Orange

Using White for Density

White Center

White Web

Yellow Woods

Wolf Kahn > <

Into a Clearing

View Over Martha's Vineyard Bay

Sailboat in the Summers Heat

Dark Penobscot

Toward Eagle Inlet

Woods, Almost All Black

Cypress Rows

Olives and Cypresses

Sailboat in the Distance

Tre Alberi

Edge at Dark Woods

Landscape

Pleine Trees on Lungotevere

Under Foliage

Untitled (Trees)

Sailboat Mooring

Boat at Rest

Golden Harbor

The Weight of a Summer Sky

Edgartown

Fall Woods and Barn

Harbor Sentinels

Untitled (Gray Harbor)

Sunset Harbor

Alberi Bianci

Barely Blue

Black Against Yellow

Blue Trunks

Blue Woods

Bright, but not too Bright

Copse

Dark Purple Corner

Dense

Edge of the Clearing

Green in the Foreground

Interrupted Horizon

Late Evening

Loving Pink

Miles' Favorite - Spring

Miles' Favorite - Summer

Occluded by Short Horizontals

Off Halladay Brook Road

Pine Row

Pink Sky

Red Glow in Spring

Reddish Purple Distance

Rising on the Left

Single Leaning Hemlock Tree

Spring Canvas, Almost a Square

Summer Season

Through Trees to a Yellow Field

Transparent Woods

Two Levels of Green, One of Orange

Using White for Density

White Center

White Web

Yellow Woods

Artists

Wolf Kahn

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