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"Edmund Kuehn: Retrospective 1937-2001"
2002-03-01 until 2002-04-23
Columbus College of Art and Design
USA United States of America
Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) is proud to present Edmund Kuehn
Retrospective, 1937-2001 which opened Friday in CCAD's Canzani Center Gallery. While the influences of Picasso, Matisse, and Cezanne are easily
recognized, Edmund Kuehn's technique and vision give his work a definite
independence and distinction.
His paintings resonate with the challenges
the painter faces to reconcile a three-dimensional world onto a
two-dimensional surface. Kuehn's exquisite use of color and exploration of
space results in art that offers aesthetic joy as well as the opportunity
for analysis and discovery.
Born in Columbus in 1916, Kuehn graduated from CCAD in 1938. While
inspiring future artists as an instructor at CCAD, he also to presented
art to a broad audience as a curator and assistant director of the
Columbus Museum of Art until he retired in 1976. He was responsible for
bringing Picasso's famous mural, Guernica, to the museum in 1941 as part
of a tour to raise money for the war effort. Kuehn created a business
lunch program at the museum to attract the business community to learn
about the traveling exhibitions and the permanent collection, and he
brought school children into the museum to introduce them to art. Kuehn
once said: Columbus doesn't have great mountains or rivers to boast of,
but I thought instead it could have great art.