Wolf Kahn, now entering his ninth decade, is an artist whose paintings have long garnered serious critical attention and an audience of admiring viewers. Largely known as a colorist who brings his luminous sensibility to landscape, Kahn also engages in a sophisticated conversation with the work of other artists. Kahn’s most recent paintings, on view at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center through October 8—all completed within the past ten years since his vision has been affected by macular degeneration—openly display an emotionally profound vision as never before. They show the depth, risk-taking, and complexity that have always animated Kahn’s work.
Kahn has spoken in the past about how important it is for a painter not to hold back, to work enthusiastically without resorting to “predigested” perceptions. In 2007, in the journal Art in America, he states: