Mona Kuhn

The Little Black Gallery is delighted to work with Mona Kuhn advising on her public relations and global strategy.

Mona Kuhn is a photographer and lens-based media artist. Acclaimed for her contemporary depictions, Kuhn is considered a leading artist in the world of figurative discourse.  Throughout a career spanning more than twenty years, Kuhn’s practice is focused on the mysteries of the physical and metaphysical presence of the figure. Kuhn looks at the figure and representation as a platform to our complex emotions, desires and fears. As she solidified her photographic style, Kuhn created a notable approach to the nude by developing friendships with her subjects, and employing a range of playful visual strategies that use natural light and minimalist settings to evoke a sublime sense of comfort between the human figure and its environment. Her work is natural, restful, and a reinterpretation of the nude in the canon of contemporary art.

Kuhn was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969, of German descent. In 1989, Kuhn moved to the USA 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 in 2004, followed by Evidence (2007), Native (2010), Bordeaux (2011), Private (2014), She Disappeared into Complete Silence (2018/19), and Kings Road (2022) – all by Steidl. Bushes and Succulents (2018) was published by Stanley/Barker Editions. Her retrospective book WORKS was published by Thames & Hudson in 2021.

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.

Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles.

Mona is represented by Flowers Gallery (London, UK), Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta, USA), Edwynn Houk (New York, USA), and Galerie XII (Los Angeles and Paris).

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