b. 1983, USA

Wyatt Kahn Biography

American artist Wyatt Kahn's works tread the line between the two and three dimensional, reflecting on the tradition of minimalist abstraction while playing with material, spatiality, and the intersection of painting and sculpture.

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Life

Wyatt Kahn was born in 1983 in New York. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and an MFA from Hunter College, New York in 2012.

Wyatt Kahn Artworks__

Wyatt Kahn is notable for his abstracted explorations into the visual and spatial relationship between sculpture and painting. These wall-mounted works translate lines and shapes into three dimensional manifestations and components. Each part of Kahn's canvas works are made and stretched individually, allowing for multiple permutations and combinations.

Often working with monochromatic palettes, Kahn refers to his works as 'paintings' despite not being painted on or using any external pigments. While appearing to be traditional images mounted on the wall, Kahn plays with the dichotomy of sculpture and painting by imbibing structural qualities into his work through his choice of material, negative spaces, and configurations. Assembled and bolted together, these three-dimensional components create a two-dimensional image, in which the gaps between forms appear as lines on the canvas.

Kahn's paintings have referenced the tradition of minimalist abstraction in their geometric compositions, simplicity, and ambiguity. These works, while often composed of simple geometric shapes such as triangles and lines, have also integrated human features or parts, such as a foot in Weighted Him (2017), a hand in Sideways Pressure (2018), and limbs in Sam (2015).

Process and material

Prior to creating his paintings, Kahn typically begins his series' in sketches which are then refined into prototype drawings. These drawings are then transferred onto wood which are cut and tailored to each artwork.

Kahn has extensively used unprimed linen and canvas stretched over wooden frames to create his signature 'paintings'. He has also experimented with differing layers of canvas to increase and play with its colour and opacity. Apart from linen, Kahn has also experimented with lead sheets, reflecting on the hazardous qualities of the material, as well as its emotional quality, invoking a solemn and dark feeling.

In the past, Kahn has also built new works by combining or amalgamating several of his older pieces.

Exhibitions

Wyatt Kahn has held solo exhibitions at Rosenfeld Art Projects, Los Angeles (2018); Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy (2016); Performa Biennial, New York; and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (both 2015).

His work has been included in group exhibitions at Fondazione di Piacenza e Vigevano, Italy (2020); the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); and Dallas Museum of Art, Texas (2014). Kahn's paintings have been collected by major institutions such as the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art; Centre Pompidou; and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

Arianna Mercado | Ocula | 2022

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Untitled by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt Kahn Untitled, 2022 Bronze
28 x 23 x 12 inches
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Untitled by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt Kahn Untitled, 2022 bronze
28 x 23 x 12 inches
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New Houston Street, New York Tuesday 11 by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork painting
Wyatt Kahn New Houston Street, New York Tuesday 11, 2021 Monotype on En Tout Cas paper
45.7 x 35.6 cm
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New Houston Street, New York, Spring 2021 by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt Kahn New Houston Street, New York, Spring 2021, 2021 Linen on linen on panel
241.3 x 195.6 x 12.1 cm
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A Month Away by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt Kahn A Month Away, 2020 Linen on linen on panel
250 x 170 x 18 cm
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Untitled (Green) by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt Kahn Untitled (Green), 2019 Oil stick on lead on paper
237.5 x 172.5 x 4 cm
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Untitled by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork works on paper
Wyatt Kahn Untitled, 2019 colored pencil on paper
31 x 23 cm
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Bits (Gray, Black, and Blue) by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt Kahn Bits (Gray, Black, and Blue), 2018 Oil stick on lead on panel
75.2 x 73.7 x 11.8 cm
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Wyatt Kahn
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Galerie Eva Presenhuber contemporary art gallery in Maag Areal, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Eva Presenhuber New York, Vienna, Zurich
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium
Xavier Hufkens Brussels
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