Nude, Head Thrown Back

Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn (10/04/1927- ) was born in Stuttgart, Germany.  He moved to Frankfurt, to live with his grandmother, in 1930.  Kahn took private art lessons with Fraulein von Joeden from 1937 to 1939. At the outbreak of World War II he was sent to England with a group of refugee children, and in 1940 he joined his father in America.  Kahn attended the High School of Music and Art after moving to New York City in 1943.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945 and attended radio school.  He was discharged the following year and began to attend classes under Stuart Davis and Hans Jelinek at the New School for Social Research. Kahn attended Hans Hofmann's School of Fine Arts in 1947 and studied with Hofmann one summer in Provincetown. Two years later he purchased a loft at 813 Broadway in New York City.  There he organized the "813 Broadway" show.  He was a founding member of the cooperative Hans Gallery. His gestural painting style was influenced by the work of his teacher, Hans Hoffman and by other Abstract Expressionists such as Mark Rothko Kahn had his first solo exhibition in 1953, and continues to exhibit extensively throughout the world. He has won Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, and is a member of the National Academy of Design, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York Arts Commission.  Kahn's paintings are in the permanent collections of a multitude of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the New Orleans Museum.  Kahn lived for a while in Tepoztlan, Mexico and in Italy.  He bought a farm in Vermont in 1968 and began to spend his summers there.

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