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)

2023 Galerie Haas Zurich

2018 Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Conrempranea, Bergamo

2014 Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz

2013, 2009 Galerie Michal 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, Cologne

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