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Almine Rech

Scott Kahn

Nov 18 — Dec 18, 2021 | Paris, Matignon
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Almine Rech⎜Paris, Matignon is pleased to present Scott Kahn’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from November 18 to December 18, 2021.

Every day, Scott Kahn paints what he calls his ‘visual diary.’ His itinerary is quite peculiar in that he has never abided by the schools highlighted in common narratives on American Modern art (be it Abstract Expressionism, Minimal art, or Conceptual art, to name a few). Yet, his own path led him to cross several moments of that history, synchronously and asynchronously.
From the world of the first generation of the New York School around which he gravitated while attending Theodoros Stamos’ class at the Art Students League, to the so-called grid painters, and finally culminating in adopting a representational mode of painting and moving to Sag Harbor in the late 1970s, Scott Kahn’s ‘visual diary’ stands as a testimony of a life in painting. In his own words, he paints from life, which does not mean that he solely paints what he beholds, rather, it hints at how every strain of his life feeds into his art. Scott Kahn feels himself to be an American painter; a sentiment he finds in New England architecture for instance—whose houses he likes for their honesty, straightforwardness, and classical references—and realizes by making pictures based on components that share the same primal, foundational, elementary qualities: the moon, sun, day, night, dark, light.

— Théo de Luca, Author, Yale University

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Selected artworks

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Summer Sun, 2021

    Scott Kahn Summer Sun, 2021

    Oil on linen
    50.8 x 61 cm
    20 x 24 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Cliffs at Stoke Fleming III, 1987

    Scott Kahn Cliffs at Stoke Fleming III, 1987

    Oil on linen
    182.9 x 198.1 cm
    72 x 78 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      On the Path, 1984

    Scott Kahn On the Path, 1984

    Oil on linen
    91.4 x 91.4 cm
    36 x 36 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Tree of Life, 2009

    Scott Kahn Tree of Life, 2009

    Oil on linen
    81.3 x 76.2 cm
    32 x 30 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Gina's Studio, 1979

    Scott Kahn Gina's Studio, 1979

    Oil on cotton canvas
    81.3 x 91.4 cm
    32 x 36 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Portrait of Fred Kirwin, 1987

    Scott Kahn Portrait of Fred Kirwin, 1987

    Oil on linen
    86.4 x 76.2 cm
    34 x 30 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      The Well, 2001

    Scott Kahn The Well, 2001

    Oil on linen
    61 x 71.1 cm
    24 x 28 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Waning Moon, 2021

    Scott Kahn Waning Moon, 2021

    Oil on panel
    61 x 71.1 cm
    24 x 28 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Portrait of Scott Kahn, 1998

    Scott Kahn Portrait of Scott Kahn, 1998

    Oil on linen
    71.1 x 71.1 cm
    28 x 28 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Changeable Weather, 2007

    Scott Kahn Changeable Weather, 2007

    Oil on linen
    43.2 x 50.8 cm
    17 x 20 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Storm Coming, 1984

    Scott Kahn Storm Coming, 1984

    Oil on linen
    137.2 x 137.2 cm
    54 x 54 in

  • Scott Kahn,                                      Summer in New York, 1986

    Scott Kahn Summer in New York, 1986

    Oil on linen
    121.9 x 152.4 cm
    48 x 60 in

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