*1939 Plainfield, New York – lives in New York

Gary Kuehn is a renowned artist in the United States. Since the end of the 1960s, his works have often been exhibited in Germany as well. His extensive oeuvre includes sculptures, paintings, collages, and drawings. Kuehn does not aim at displaying structured and methodological work, rather reacting again and again to the coherences of society in relation to his own state. This connection of emotional subjectivity and the perception of facts of an objective reality is what his works are about. With an incredible sense of materials and technical knowledge of their properties, Kuehn works with wood, metal, plaster, polyester, Plexiglas, aluminum, and steel. He is known especially for his sculptures from the 1960s, which at first glance seem like classics of minimal art. But if one looks closer, they create a subtle tension in their mirrored, personal, and often contradicting way, which is present throughout his extensive oeuvre from the last 50 years. In 1962, Kuehn studied art history at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and in 1964, fine arts at Rutgers State University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The trained steelworker worked on construction sites and as a carpenter to finance his studies. In 1979, he received an invitation from the German Academic Exchange Service to Berlin, where he spent a working year. Since 1965, Kuehn has been teaching at various American universities.



Solo exhibtions (selection)

2018 Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Conrempranea, Bergamo | 2014 Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz | 2013 Galerie Michal Haas, Berlin | 2009 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin | 2008 Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Ottendorf | 2006 Galerie Haas AG, Zurich | 2003 Provincetown Museum, Provincetown | 1998 Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York | 1997 Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York | 1987 Douglas Drake Gallery, New York | 1986 Rudolf Zwirner Gallery, Cologne | Barbara Gladstone Gladstone Gallery, New York | 1980 Amerika-Haus, Berlin | Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart | 1979 Galerie Ricke, Köln | 1978 Drew University, Madison | P.S.1, Long Island City, New York | 1977 Galerie Ricke, Cologne | Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin | Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm | 1975 Galerie Arnesen, Copenhagen | 1971 Neue Galerie im Alten Kurhaus, Aachen | 1970 Galerie Ernst, Hanover | Galerie Thomas Borgmann, Cologne | University of Iowa, Iowa City | 1969 Galerie Ricke, Cologne | 1967 Bianchini Gallery, New York | 1966 Rutgers University, Douglass College, New Brunswick | Bianchini Gallery, New York | 1964 Recent Work, Rutgers University, Douglass College, New Brunswick

Grants and Awards

1992 Francis J. Greenburger Award | 1978 Fellowship-DAAD, Berlin | 1976 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant | National Endowment on the Arts Grant | 1972 Governor’s Purchase Award, New Jersey State Museum | 1967 National Council on the Arts Grant

Exhibitions with Gary Kuehn

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