With paintings dating from 1960 to 2014, this exhibition of works illustrates the complex evolution of Wolf Kahn’s prolific career.
Kahn’s early works are nearly monochromatic, concentrating on subtle varying tonalities. Though nature was his inspiration, the subject matter remains allusive. However, by the late 1960s, Kahn began his transition to a bolder palette. Amidst this shift, the subject becomes increasingly explicit while abstractly depicted.
The landscape, both real and fantastic, becomes a conduit for imagination and invention and acts as a vehicle for Kahn’s painterly gesture and bold exploration of color.
Like the late works of Matisse, Avery, and Hofmann, Kahn’s paintings from the last decade are a great flowering that celebrate joy, beauty, color, and life.