Copy Of -Art New England Magazine: Special Museums Issue

May / June 2017

ON THE COVER: Jeff Kahm, Converse No. 5, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90". Created for Without A Theme, a showcase of seven premier North American artists and artisans at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center gallery, curated by Tawnee Growingthunder.

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The Connected Edge

January 27 - March 11, 2017

It might have something to do with the hard edges of the mountains set against the sky, or those impossibly flat high plains. Whatever the reason, this type of work has not only held on to its relevance, but it’s currently making a comeback. A strong case for that return is The Connected Edge, at the William Havu Gallery, where a trio of artists — two from New Mexico and one from Wyoming — are showing compositions with strong linear elements.

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Drawing Parallels: Artist Jeff Kahm

June 3, 2016

Jeff Kahm’s new paintings at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art are simple but subtly energetic — bold abstractions in lines, bands, rectangles, and triangles. In one series of acrylic-on-canvas paintings, 22 inches tall and 20 inches wide, he explores one design using different colors for each painting. Composed of an arrangement of four triangles and a trapezoid, perhaps the dominant image is of a tricolored isosceles triangle pointed downward and with a different-colored background on either side. 


May/June 2016

Jeff Kahm, Plains Cree, born in Edmonton, Alberta, is at the forefront of this international contemporary confluence. Combining influences from the extensive pre-Modern history of stripe imagery and symbolism with early Stella-esque experimentation he has evolved a growing body of great paintings. Kahm’s new synthesis of form employs freedom and rigor a bit differently than does Euro-abstraction in general. The rules governing color choices, modulations of tone, and scale-shifts seem less proscribed than in Ellsworth Kelly’s work, or even Brice Marden’s, while the results are no less meditative, and actually, hold up better over time. They may well entail a greater depth, a more grounded backstory, and a more sophisticated sense of design. “Jeff Kahm: New Paintings” opens June 3, 2016 at Chiaroscuro, and retains visibility through July 4.

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Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Biden Honor 5 Native Artists at the VP's Home

October 28, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, honored five Native American and Alaskan Native artists last night in a reception at their home in Washington DC. In addition to honoring the artists, the Bidens displayed a framed print from each of the artists on the walls of their foyer and living room.

The reception was in honor of artists Tony Abeyta (Navajo), Crystal Worl (Tlingit Athabascan),

Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree), Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock Nation) and Dan Namingha (Tewa-Hopi)

as well as a celebration of a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and the Institute of American Indian Arts.


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Hoop themes: Aboriginal artists explore cultural continuity and exchange

August 1, 2013

Jeff Kahm, an Edmonton-born Plains Cree painter and faculty member at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., offers a subtle twist on familiar strains of abstract painting in Paradigm, his exhibition in Urban's main gallery.


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