Mona Kuhn

  • Selected Works

    She Disappeared into Complete Silence 2014 - 2019

    "In "She Disappeared into Complete Silence", Mona Kuhn takes a new direction into abstraction. She turns to a highly austere and restrained reductionist geometry and distilled formal purity, connecting the interior to the exterior, the visible to the hidden." Excerpt from foreword by Salvador Nadales

    Bordeaux 2009 - 2011

    ...within a womb, a house or the parameters of a dream... a mother's lap takes the form of a chair" Excerpt from foreword by Wayne V. Andersen

    Native 2007 - 2009

    "Before being a series of landscapes and portraits, Mona Kuhn's "Native" is a poem in green and gold, accented with pink. It is a universe outside of time, in an indeterminante, alsmot mythic, space... emerging from memory in a landscape chosen by desire. Kuhn's Brazil is mobile, never fixed ; this cradling motion in time is Native's raison d'être". Excerpts from foreward by Shelley Rice.

    Evidence 2000 - 2007

    In and of themselves, they are comfortable in their glowing, smooth skins, but their highly enigmatic expressions hint at psychological tensions presumably resulting from their interactions with each other, their immersion in their utopian community they have chosen to inhabit, or the events of their lives outside this terrestrial paradise. A complex yet and human relationships.
    Excerpt from foreword by Gordon Baldwin

  • Biography


    American , 1969 -

    Kuhn was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969, of German descent.

    In 1989, Kuhn moved to the US and earned her BA from The Ohio State University, before furthering her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently an independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

    Mona Kuhn’s first monograph, Photographs, was debuted by Steidl in 2004; followed by Evidence (2007), Native (2010), Bordeaux Series (2011), Private (2014), and She Disappeared into Complete Silence (2018/19). In addition, Kuhn's latest monograph titled Bushes and Succulents has been published by Stanley/Barker Editions, with a debut at Jeu de Paume in Paris, France. Occasionally, Mona teaches at UCLA and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

    Mona Kuhn’s work is in private and public collections worldwide, including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Kiyosato Museum in Japan. Kuhn's work has been exhibited at The Louvre Museum and Le Bal in Paris; The Whitechapel Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts in London; Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland; Leopold Museum in Vienna Austria, The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver Canada, and Australian Centre for Photography. Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles.

    During 2020, Kuhn's work will be on view The J.Paul Getty Museum “Unseen” exhibition (Dec. 17, 2019- May 8, 2020) in Los Angeles, and Clervaux Cite de l’Image (Oct 25, 2019 - Oct 23, 2020) in Luxembourg.


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