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Artist Biographies
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Kahlo, Frida (Mexico, 1907-1954)
Kahlo was a self-taught artist who worked feverishly at her painting. She painted works that often were psychologically mysterious, and she almost always worked with figures. Among her more than two hundred paintings are many self-portraits. Kahlo's personal expressiveness, psychological intuition, and artistic ability have placed her among Mexico's more able artists.

Kahn, Louis I. (United States, 1901-1974)
Kahn was an admirer of other architects, but devised his own original solutions to architectural problems One of his finest designs was the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas The main entrance is a tree-filled patio flanked by two open arched vaults and reflecting pools Natural light is admitted through long slits located in the vaults The light is diffused inside by a series of adjustable panels that deflect light Designed to hold works of art, the structure is a work of art itself

Kammeraad, Lori (United States, 20th century)
Kammeraad's textiles are created with her own custom-dyed wool that she weaves into abstract designs. Her artworks are often created for specific interior spaces, at the request of individuals or interior designers.

Kandinsky, Wassily (Russia, 1866-1944)
Kandinsky was born in Moscow, but attended art school in Munich. He was also trained as a musician and often titled his paintings with musical terminology. The artist's early works are quite abstract, but many forms are still recognizable. Gradually, he simplified his technique until only shape, color and line were left. His influence became very strong in the Abstract Expressionist movement, and he is credited with creating the first completely nonobjective painting.

Kelly, Ellsworth (United States, b.1923)
Ellsworth Kelly studied in Paris with the Constructionists, artists who worked abstractly with basic geometric shapes. Some of his designs have only two intense colors and several large flat shapes. Large is an apt word because often his designs are mural-sized (over 9 feet high and about 20 feet wide). He often uses acrylic paints to attain the hard, perfect edges of his shapes. Such precision is essential to the concept and style of Hard-Edge painting.

Kienholz, Edward (United States, 1927-1994)
Kienholz learned carpentry, plumbing, and engineering as a young boy on his family's farm in Washington State, and worked with his hands throughout his life. He used the three-dimensional space of his stage-like environments to draw us into his shockingly personal dramas, and included real objects in his constructions to create poignant scenes. Despite his departure from exact reality, he communicates his emotions quite strongly.

Kimewon, Rose Williams (Canada, 20th century)
Kimewon, an Ottowa North American Indian, is credited with leading the revival of porcupine quill box making. She developed a unique tufting technique for lids that are decorated with images of Canadian animals or with abstract star designs.

Kiosai, Kawanabe (Japan, 1831-1899)
Kiosai was a master of ink and brush painting. He is known for his unusual technique of painting on screens prepared with backgrounds of powdered gold. His work reflects a sensitive use of light and dark values and lively asymmetrical compositions.

Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig (Germany, 1880-1938)
Kirchner was the early leader of Die BrŸcke, a small brotherhood of artists who vehemently rejected academic training in art and all traditional forms of expression. Kirchner insisted that 'art depends on inspiration and not on technique.' In his painting, The Street, the tension and agitation of the street are expressed by sharp, angular shapes and vivid colors. There is a feeling of isolation and loneliness despite the crowded conditions.

Klee, Paul (Switzerland/Germany, 1879-1940)
Klee was a Swiss-born artist who spent most of his life in Germany. He joined a band called De Blau Reiter (The Blue Rider), an Expressionist group of strong individual artists who exerted a powerful influence on twentieth-century art. Always interested in children's art, he developed a style that combined his personal wit with a child-like vision of the mysteries of life. Most of his work has a happy quality that elicits questions but provides no answers.

Kleepsies, Keith (United States, 20th century)
Kleepsies is a versatile artist whose work is often marked by humor and irony. In addition to creating murals and environmental sculpture, he works on a variety of graphic design projects for publications and television.

Kline, Franz (United States, 1910-1962)
In his early work, Kline painted the buildings and people of New York in a representational style. Later on, he adopted a vigorous, slashing form of abstraction. At first, his forms were derived from urban structures. But soon he expressed himself freely without relying on representative subject matter. In one series of works, Kline found he needed larger-sized canvases and limited his palette to black and white to convey the energy of contemporary city life.

Kollwitz, Kathe (Germany, 1867-1945)
Kollwitz was one of the most powerfully emotional artists of the twentieth century. Her etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and drawings express her feelings about old age, hard work, war, motherhood, and death. The artist used very little detail in her works, emphasizing instead the broad planes and the stark, enduring drama of the human face.

Krasner, Lee (United States, 1908-1984)
Lee Krasner was a powerful influence in the development of Abstract Expressionism, although she maintained her independence on the fringes of the movement. She progressed through realism and small abstractions, and eventually turned to much larger canvases to fully contain her expressions. She began creating collages that consisted of torn up paintings in an attempt to create dynamic new images. The resulting surfaces are rich in texture, color, and movement. With each occasional change in style, she seemed to produce stronger statements.

Kruger, Barbara (United States, b.1945)
Barbara Kruger typically prints ambiguous statements over familiar imagery as a means of questioning the anonymous authoritarian voice in countless media and advertising campaigns. Her seemingly amusing juxtapositions are also alarming. They jolt us into recognizing how easily we accept these seductive messages, which make us want, buy, or believe in nearly anything without a second thought. She is extremely skilled at criticizing the media's ability to manipulate an unthinking public.

Kuhn, Walt (United States, 1880-1949)
Although Walt Kuhn was one of the organizers of the Armory Show, an exhibit that opened American eyes to the European art scene, he was unable to change his style to adapt to modern Abstractionism. He worked realistically, painting dramatic studies of clowns and circus performers. He had worked in circuses himself and painted his subjects with knowledge and compassion. His paintings captured the continuing sense of drama in which they lived and worked.

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