Walt Kuhn

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Sibyl, 1932
Oil on canvas, 68 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches

Walt Kuhn

Artist Biography

Walt Kuhn (1877-1949) received great acclaim during his lifetime for the bold simplicity and emotional intensity of his modernist paintings of showgirls and circus performers. He was an accomplished landscape and still life painter as well, but it was his love of theatre and the circus that defined much of his career. For several years in the 1920s, in fact, he designed and directed stage revues. Kuhn was also one of the principal organizers of the landmark Armory Show of 1913, which introduced the American public to avant-garde European art and helped change the course of painting and sculpture in the United States. His work is in the collections of major museums across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Art Institute of Chicago, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Walt Kuhn: American Modern

Feb 7 - Mar 16, 2013

Modern America 1917-1944

Nov 17 - Dec 23, 2011


Jun 11 - Aug 7, 2009

Selected Press

Review by Dennis Kardon

Art in America May 2013

Last Chance Listing

The New York Times March 14, 2013

Walt Kuhn: 'American Modern'

The New Criterion March 2013

Walt Kuhn: 'American Modern'

The New York Times February 28, 2013

Undercurrents of Character by John O'Hern

American Fine Art Magazine March 2013

Walt Kuhn at DC Moore

The New Yorker February 14, 2013


Harper's Bazaar online

Benton Exhibition Features Images of ‘Gatsby’ Period by Kenneth Best

UConn Today January 25, 2013

Walt Kuhn at DC Moore

Antiques Magazine January 2013