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Late Nite
Wyatt Kahn
Late Nite


Raw canvas on panel

213 x 210 cm
“I would like the viewer to experience the errors in the process that reveal my hand, and a very human experience of imperfection”.

Following the tradition of minimalist abstraction, Wyatt Kahn’s multi-panel paintings are seemingly emptied of content, yet their construction allows for a sophisticated interplay of forms to become the subject of each work.

Kahn’s work evolved from a functional desire to extend the dimensions of an existing painting by adding a second panel. When he saw how this altered the relationship between 2D and 3D, he began assembling small, irregular shaped canvases into larger, more sculptural based works. Instead of drawing out geometric shapes onto the canvas itself, he turned them into physical components, referencing the single and multiple shaped canvases of Ellsworth Kelly.
Wyatt Kahn


Raw canvas on panel

201 x 157 cm
Late Nite, 2012 and Sideways, 2012 are both inspired by the human figure. Most of the panels are sardined together while others merely touch edges, creating an absence within the whole, or a break in continuity, as well as implying a further remove from the traditionally-shaped canvas. By working in this way, Kahn adds vigour by disrupting the painting’s surface; while the monochrome initially implies an insistent flatness, the dialogue between the adjoining shapes and their overall form creates a tension between surface, structure, and physical depth that remains elegant yet re-complicated.

Text by Gemma de Cruz

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Wyatt Kahn's BIOGRAPHY

Wyatt Kahn
Born in 1983, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY


Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, MO, USA

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, CH
Wyatt Kahn, T293, Rome, Italy

Wyatt Kahn, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK

Wyatt Kahn, Pike Untitled, New York, USA


Abstract America Today, Saatchi Gallery, London
A chromatic loss, curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Shaped Canvas,Revisited. Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY, USA

Stills, Wyatt Kahn and Wesley Martin Berg, ReMap 4, Athens, GR
Group Show, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
39greatjones, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, CH
XStraction, The Hole, New York, NY, USA
Bob Zoell/Wyatt Kahn, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Philippe Daerendinger, Sachin Kaeley, Wyatt Kahn and Davina Semo, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva,CH
Not Safe for Work, DUVE Berlin, Berlin, DE
Inter ruption; A Break in the Continuity of the Interstitial Space, curated by Kim Light, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ebb Tide, Rockoon, Los Angeles, CA, USA
MFA Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY, USA
Ruins in Reverse, Room East, New York, NY, USA

Point. Line. Plane. Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK

Re: CONTEXT, Number 35 Gallery, New York, NY, USA
New Work, New York, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK