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Wolf Kahn's America: An Artist's Travels

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Wolf Kahn, whose beautiful and lyrical landscapes are among America's most popular contemporary paintings, has traveled the world in his lifetime. In this engaging volume, he describes his journeys throughout the United States in pursuit of his art, illustrating his adventures with the paintings he created as he went. At the same time, he brings the reader into his creative life, discussing the problems various locations presented and how he solved them, and sharing memories from his peripatetic wanderings, ...
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Overview

Wolf Kahn, whose beautiful and lyrical landscapes are among America's most popular contemporary paintings, has traveled the world in his lifetime. In this engaging volume, he describes his journeys throughout the United States in pursuit of his art, illustrating his adventures with the paintings he created as he went. At the same time, he brings the reader into his creative life, discussing the problems various locations presented and how he solved them, and sharing memories from his peripatetic wanderings, vividly recounting tales of the people he has met and the sights he has seen.Enhanced by Wolf Kahn's lovely paintings and by John Updike's introduction, a tribute to an admired friend, Wolf Kahn's America is a charming and refreshing look at the world of a painter, seen through the candid and unpretentious eyes of one of America's best-loved artists.

Author Bio: Wolf Kahn is based in New York but also teaches master classes in painting and pastels throughout the country. Abrams has published two previous books on his work: Wolf Kahn, a monograph by the art critic Justin Spring, and Wolf Kahn Pastels, a series of musings on the art of pastel written by the artist himself.

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For someone who dislikes travel as much as Kahn professes to, he certainly has traipsed his canvases across a sizable portion of the United States. In this publication, Kahn assembles a travelog of sorts-a series of insights into the people and places that inspire his landscapes. We are treated to a ringside seat in the artist's (often failed) quest for solitude while painting plein-air landscapes, from the Maine woods to the sandstone cliffs of New Mexico. Kahn's musings and reminiscences are entertaining, but the writing takes a backseat to the brilliant full-page color reproductions of his paintings. A one-time student of Hans Hoffman, Kahn has been painting landscapes since the 1950s and is known for his careful blend of abstraction and realism, aided by an intense and distinctive use of color. A couple of recent publications (Justin Spring's Wolf Kahn and Kahn's own Wolf Kahn Pastels) substantially bulk up the scholarship on Kahn, and this latest work adds nicely to that group. While not a substitute for earlier works, this book may appeal particularly well to the broader audiences of public libraries.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810967960
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 461,670
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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