Noted Gallery

Noted Gallery, 64 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY


Oct 12 2018


11:00 am - 6:00 pm





True Colors: Wolf Kahn & Fay Lansner

True Colors: Wolf Kahn & Fay Lansner

Starting October 15th through November 30, the gallery will show 16 original Wolf Kahn pastels on paper, dating from the 1950s to present day.

The pieces featured are from the private collection of art enthusiast and a longtime acquaintance of the artist. The work exhibits the collector and friend’s, true appreciation for Kahn’s deft feel for color at its most vibrant, and often, unexpected. As a result, the show represents a capsule collection of the rarest Kahn’s, spanning the past half-of-a-century. The collection of these unique pastels speaks visual volumes as to why the artist, Wolf Kahn, is hailed as “America’s Greatest Colorist.”

Wolf Kahn – the master of light, expressive color and harmonious subtlety has changed “the game” of traditional landscapes for past, current, and future generations. For some of his work, he handwrote his artistic viewpoint, detailing the process and inspiration of its fruition.

Kahn’s work exonerates itself from the expectations of the traditional American landscape. It allows viewers to escape in his abstraction, yet recognizable, place of their own mind and imagination. In addition to the masterful artist’s hand, it is perhaps this ineffable quality that allows the work to transcend and appeal across time. As the artist once expressed in regards to his subject, “I help nature take its course.”

Like Kahn, Fay Lansner also studied with Hans Hoffman, whom Kahn has referenced as “one of the greatest art teachers of his generation.” Lansner studied with Hoffman in 1948 in a popular drawing class in Provincetown, MA. The following year, Lansner continued her evolvement in New York City, alongside Kahn, Larry Rivers and Jan Muller.

Fay Lansner, then ‘Gross’, married Kermit Lansner, who received a two-year Fulbright Scholarship to study the philosopher Merleau-Pont in Paris; an opportunity that allowed her to embrace the chance to see the origins of modernism first hand. These experiences along with Hoffman’s teachings furthered her lifelong objective: “to render the subjective in an objective way.”

Lansner joined Hansa, one of the first cooperative galleries, where Wolf Kahn was an original member and had her first American exhibition in 1954.

The Gallery is awed to have the work of these eminent artists.

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