Learning from the Masters of Modern Art

Dedicated to Hans Hofmann and published posthumously by his wife, Ruth Gannett Kahn, this book  is “the result of many years of my husband, Peter Kahn’s thinking about art, both as teacher and artist. At his death, he left early unfinished manuscripts, diagrams, notes of lectures, and classroom exercises going back at least 30 years.” It is edited by David Frankel, Editorial Director in the Department of Publications, MOMA.

From the Foreword:

“Kahn elucidates the eventual importance of “master-artist-teachers” in France, Germany, and America for the future of abstract art. Whereas European academies as training grounds for artists from the 17th century onward have been much discussed in relation to the ideas and styles that they propagated, and against which avant-garde artists rebelled, Kahn explains how the teachings of independent, modernist artists contributed to the demise of academic art. As catholic and scholarly as Kahn’s approach may be, his broad study benefits from the personal quality that resonates throughout, particularly in the descriptions of his reminiscences and in the illustration of his own work. The result is a book that is both creative and informative and that will prove valuable to both artists and art historians.” — Judith Bernstock, History of Art Department, Cornell University

Location of copies of Learning from the Masters of Modern Art by H. Peter Kahn:

University of California at Berkeley
Kathryn Wade, Head Fine Arts Librarian, Art History/ Classics Library, 414 Doe Library, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Brown University
Karen Bouchard, Scholarly Resources Librarian, Art & Architecture, Rockefeller Library, Room A16, Brown University, 10 Prospect Street, Box A, Providence, RI 02912, 401 863 3218. Brown University Library. Donated in gratitude for the use of their photo.

California Institute of the Arts
Karen Baxter, Visual Arts Librarian, California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, 661 253 7880

Paula Gabbard, Fine Arts Librarian, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, 1172 Amsterdam Ave. MC0301, Columbia University, New York, NY, 10027

Elaine Engst, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Level 2B, Carl A. Kroch Library, Ithaca, NY, 607 255 3530

(Bob Sennett and) Mary Clare Altenhofen, Acting Herman and Joan Suit Librarian for the Fine Arts Library, Widener Art Library, Room 110, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Huntington Library
John Murdach, The Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, 626 405 2244

Maryland Institute College of Art
Stacey Salazar, Faculty, Center for Art Education, 1300 Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217-4191, 410 669 9200. Maryland Institute College of Art

The New School
Kira Appel, The Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library, The New School, 2 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011, 212 229 8914

New York University (NYU)
Amy Lucker, Library Director, Institute of Fine Arts Library, 1 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075, 212 992 5800

Princeton University
Sandra Ludig Brooke, Librarian, Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, McCormick Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544

Rhode Island School of Design
Carol Terry, Director of Library Services, The Fleet Library at RISD, 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2785, 401 709 5900

University of Rochester
Stephanie J. Frontz, Art Librarian, Hd., Art/Music Library, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, PO Box 270055, Rochester, NY 14627

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Robert Gore, Visual Arts Librarian, Arts Library, University of California, Los Angeles, 1400 Public Affairs Bldg., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1392

University of Texas
Laura Schwartz, Head Librarian, Fine Arts Library, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, 2306 Trinity Street, Mail Stop S5437, Austin, TX 78712-1478

University of Pennsylvania
William B. Keller, PhD, Fine Arts Librarian, University of Pennsylvania, Anne and Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Ulysses Philomathic Library
Annette Birdsall, Director, The Ulysses Philomathic Library, 74 EastMain Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886, 607 387 5623
One copy given to the library by Ruth Kahn, the other donated by Stan O’Connor, friend, neighbor and colleague of Peter Kahn.

Vermont Studio Center
Meonge Pearlman, Director, Vermont Studio Center, PO Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656, 802 635 2727

Vassar College
Thomas Hill, Art Librarian, Vassar College Art Library, Maildrop 512, Vassar College, Box 20, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604, 845 437 5785

Yale University
Allen Townsend, Director, Robert B. Haas Family Art Library, Yale University, PO Box 208318, 180 York Street, New Haven, CT 06520-8318, 203 432 2645

Hans Hofmann Collection at UC Berkeley
With thanks for permitting the use of reproductions of Hofmann’s work. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720-2250, 510 642 4889. rinehart@uclink2.berkeley.edu

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York
Thanks to David Frankel, editor of Learning from the Masters of Modern Art

Wendy Beckett, Art Historian
Art lecturer in England