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 Gabriel Kohn  (1910 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: sculptor-abstraction

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Sculptor Gabriel Kohn was born in Philadelphia in 1910. He studied at New York City's Cooper Union and Beaux-Arts Institute of Design from 1929 to 1934, while working for academic sculptors. From 1935 to 1942, he was a motion picture set designer in Hollywood.

After World War II, in 1946, he studied with Ossip Zadkine in Paris, living abroad until 1951. While there, he began to develop his own style, a combination of Cubist and Surrealist elements. His favorite materials were terra cotta and plaster.

In 1954, he began to work in wood, soon developing an exquisite sense of craft. Rather than carve into a solid block, he laminated and doweled together thin sheets in asymmetrical, abstract groupings. Some pieces, in their odd balances and extended forms, suggest the Baroque manipulation of space. Yet his work has a traditional massiveness and solidity even when forms are open.

In the 1950s, he made vaguely bird-like forms, distant relatives of the more spiky, aggressive shapes of Seymour Lipton and Herbert Ferber. Examples of Kohn's work are "Acrotere" (1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York City) and "Azimuth" (1960, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California).

Gabriel Kohn died in 1975.

Source: Matthew Baigell, "Dictionary of American Artists"

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Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1910. By the 1930s Kohn was active in southern California with his brother Edmond. In 1962 he moved to La Jolla and remained there until his demise in Sawtelle on May 21, 1975. Exh: American Artists Congress (LA), 1938; Artists Union (LA), 1939; County Fair (LA), 1956; Stuart Gallery (LA), 1963; La Jolla Art Center, 1963; Newport Harbor Museum, 1971.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Los Angeles Times, 7-7-1963 & 12-19-1971 & 5-22-1975 (obituary).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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