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b. 1983, USA

Wyatt Kahn Biography

Wyatt Kahn is primarily known for his investigations into the visual and spatial relationship between painting and sculpture. Using unprimed canvases stretched over wooden frames, Kahn assembles complex wall-mounted works in which the gaps between the individual canvases give rise to abstractor pictorial compositions. Rather than tracing the lines and shapes directly onto the canvas itself, he turns them into physical components of the artwork. Referencing the tradition of minimalist abstraction, Wyatt Kahn’s monochrome multi-panel ‘paintings’ are informed by a desire to explore non-illusory forms of representation. In essence, their subject becomes the interplay between two and three dimensions, as experienced via shifts in surface, structure and depth. In Kahn’s work, the wall upon which the work is hung becomes an integral part of the composition. Interested in a painting’s potential to function as the very embodiment of the object it depicts, Kahn has also developed works in which the shaped stretchers combine to create the form of an actual object, while a synthesis of hand-drawn motifs and words epitomize its essential qualities.

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Wyatt Kahn’s work is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, 2015. He will present a work for Performa, NY, 2015. Kahn was a visiting artist at Hunter College, New York in 2014 and a visiting critic at Columbia University, New York in 2013.

His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the CCS Bard Hessel Museum; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Wyatt Kahn was born in New York in 1983, where he currently lives and works.

Text courtesy Xavier Hufkens.

Wyatt Kahn Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork painting
Wyatt KahnUntitled, 2016canvas, rabbit skin glue and rust on panel
201.9 x 182.9 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
A Month Away by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt KahnA Month Away, 2020Linen on linen on panel
250 x 170 x 18 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Untitled (Green) by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt KahnUntitled (Green), 2019Oil stick on lead on paper
237.5 x 172.5 x 4 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Untitled (Blue) by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt KahnUntitled (Blue), 2018Lead on panel
259 x 288.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Sam & Jamie by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt KahnSam & Jamie, 2017Canvas on panel with armature and stuffing
244 x 160 x 19 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Untitled by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork works on paper
Wyatt KahnUntitled, 2019colored pencil on paper
31 x 23 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Bits (Gray, Black, and Blue) by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork sculpture
Wyatt KahnBits (Gray, Black, and Blue), 2018Oil stick on lead on panel
75.2 x 73.7 x 11.8 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Untitled by Wyatt Kahn contemporary artwork works on paper
Wyatt KahnUntitled, 2017graphite and correction fluid on frosted mylar
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery

Wyatt Kahn Recent Exhibitions

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Wyatt Kahn Represented By

Galerie Eva Presenhuber contemporary art gallery in Maag Areal, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland Galerie Eva Presenhuber New York, Zurich
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

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