March 19 -Today the Butler Institute of American Art, in a “Meet the Artist” meet and greet, showcased the work of American artist Tobi Kahn The exhibit runs through April 20th . Tobi Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions and over 60 museum and groups shows since he was selected as one of nine artists to be included in the 1985 Guggenheim Museum exhibition, New Horizons in American Art. Works by Kahn are in major museum, corporate, and private collections.
Mr. Kahn is an extremely personable man whose enthusiasm for his work and art in general is palpable. Much of his work is rooted in his Jewish background. His belief that great art must have vision was evident as he described the process and inspiration for the works currently on display at the Butler. The exhibit is part of his more general collection entitled Ceremonial Objects. The work on display at the Butler is primarily sculpture and objects. Each powerful. Each beautiful. Each resonating the richness and power of faith that crosses all belief systems.
He was particularly enthusiastic about being at the Butler Institute of American Art as he listed all the names of American artists whose work is displayed at the Butler and that he has known and with whom he has interacted over his career.
This Exhibit was sponsored by local businessman Ben Z. Post. Ben’s late wife had a long history with the Butler where she was a docent for many years. We thank Ben for his efforts in helping to sponsor this exhibit and his continued interest in local institutions such as the Butler.