gallery neptune & brown

Wolf Kahn: Color Creates Light

Wolf Kahn: Color Creates Light

Download PDF Worklist

For Wolf Kahn, the process of making monotypes is a creatively rewarding one. His process involves working in tandem alongside a master printer with zinc plates, large wet sheets of heavy Arches paper, and a massive etching press. A lush array of Caran d’Ache water-based crayon inks await as composition, scale and color are applied and ready for a single run through the etching press.

This exhibition explores Kahn’s printmaking, which is an embodiment of his mentor Hans Hofmann’s statement, “color creates the light.” Through studies of color in what one may regard as a romantic landscape, oak trees and barns are transformed from their everyday presence. “For an artist” he asserts, “it can often be said that when he’s looking, he’s working.” And it is in this process of looking that Kahn begins to abstract the spaces where sky meets barn, barn meets the messy foreground, or the branches of a pecan tree interrupt and melt into the sky. The artist’s passion for monotypes has resulted in the creation of many landscape compositions through which his subjects “transcend the everyday...to represent an overarching insight.”

Image: Wolf Kahn, Orange Band, 1990

Wolf Kahn
Orange Band, 1990
Monotype with pastel
Plate size: 13 1/2 x 22 inches
Sheet size: 22 x 30 inches
Frame size: 25 1/2 x 33 inches

Wolf Kahn
Barn with Propped Door II, 2002
Monotype and pastel
Plate size: 9 x 12 inches
Sheet size: 21 x 28 1/2 inches
Frame size: 24 x 32 1/2 inches

Image description. Image Credit. 

Wolf Kahn
Dense Magenta Forest, 2006
Monotype with pastel
Plate size: 9 x 12 inches
Sheet size: 15 x 20 3/4 inches
Frame size: 18 x 24 inches

Wolf Kahn
In Southbury CT, Dusk, 1990
Monotype
Plate size: 14 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches
Sheet size: 20 5/8 x 25 7/8 inches
Frame size: 24 x 29 inches

Wolf Kahn
Long Barn, Pink and Purple, 2002
Monotype with pastel
Plate size: 12 x 15 3/4 inches
Sheet size: 22 1/2 x 30 inches
Frame size: 25 3/4 x 33 inches

Wolf Kahn
Orange Band, 1990
Monotype with pastel
Plate size: 13 1/2 x 22 inches
Sheet size: 22 x 30 inches
Frame size: 25 1/2 x 33 inches

Wolf Kahn
Sauna Cabin, 1990
Monotype
Plate size: 14 x 21 1/2 inches
Sheet size: 21 1/2 x 28 1/4 inches
Frame size: 23 1/2 x 31 inches

Wolf Kahn
Wet Feet, 2001
Monotype
Plate size: 14 x 11 inches
Sheet size: 30 x 22 inches
Frame size: 33 x 25 inches

Wolf Kahn
Green and Purple, 1987
Monotype
Plate/sheet size: 26 x 38 inches

Wolf Kahn
Gray Purple Verticals, 2012
Monotype
Plate size: 16 x 24 inches
Sheet size: 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 inches

Wolf Kahn

Kahn is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Medal of Arts. His work can be found in the permanent collections of over forty-five institutions including the National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Full Biography

Curriculum Vitae

gallery neptune & brown can be reached at:

phone: 202.986.1200
email: neptunebrowngalleries@gmail.com

1530 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

USA

Or visit online at www.galleryneptunebrown.com