Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn's landscape paintings and pastels always evoke a particular sense of place and season, yet they are also universal. Their radiant hues, tangy colour contrasts, and pervasive sense of light are unique. Kahn's sense of colour has placed him in the forefront of American representational art, and has made him one of the most highly regarded colourists working today. This second edition of the definitive volume on Kahn's life and work adds the achievements of the past fifteen years. An elegant new essay by the noted art critic Karen Wilkin highlights how his late work has developed. A generous selection of paintings reproduced in faithful colour and large scale show his bold, freewheeling new work. The copiously illustrated text by critic Justin Spring details Kahn's life and work, starting with the artist's early years as a drawing prodigy, continuing with his studies with Hans Hofmann, his early success as a latter-day Expressionist, and his ten years as a painter of austere, tonalist canvases, finally leading to the brilliant, high-keyed landscapes that have established his reputation. An insightful essay by artist and critic Louis Finkelstein, The Development of Wolf Kahn's Painting Language, illuminates the fusion of abstraction and representation in his work. Wolf Kahn's career furnishes proof that an artist can successfully hew an independent course dedicated to the problems and pleasures of pure painting.