The Little Black Gallery is delighted to work with contemporary artist and fine art photographer Mona Kuhn, with gallery co-founder and director Ghislain Pascal acting as her publicist and consultant – working on international special projects.
Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale photographs of the human form and essence. An underlaying current among Kuhn’s works is her reflection on humanity’s longing for spiritual connection and solidarity. As a result, her approach is unusual in that she develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin. In addition, Kuhn’s playful combination of visual strategies, such as translucency explores our connectedness with the environment. A sublime sense of comfort and intelligence permeates her works, showing the human body in its most natural state while simultaneously re-interpreting the nude as a contemporary canon of art.
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. Occasionally, Mona teaches at UCLA and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Kuhn’s first monograph, Photographs, was published by Steidl in 2004; followed by Evidence (2007), Native (2010), Bordeaux (2011), Private (2014), and She Disappeared into Complete Silence (2018/19). Her latest monograph Bushes and Succulents (2018) was published by Stanley/Barker Editions.
Kuhn’s work is in private and public collections worldwide, including The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Perez Art Museum (Miami), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), and the Kiyosato Museum (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, The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver, and the Australian Centre for Photography.
During 2020, Kuhn’s work will also be on view at The J.Paul Getty Museum “Unseen” exhibition (until May 2020) in Los Angeles, and Clervaux Cite de l’Image (until 23 October 2020) in Luxembourg.
Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles.
* Mona is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Galerie XII to present MONA KUHN / SELECTED WORKS: 2007-2019 starting in Paris from 16 April – 6 June 2020, showing curated highlights from her celebrated series Evidence, Native, Bordeaux, and her most recent series She Disappeared Into Complete Silence. Then Galerie XII will exhibit the works in Los Angeles (29 August – 30 October), and at Photo Shanghai (18-20 September).
* She Disappeared into Complete Silence is the winner of the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Professional Section, Category Nude & Figure.
Mona is represented by Flowers Gallery (UK), Jackson Fine Art (USA), and Edwynn Houk (USA).