"I WANT TO STOP TRAFFIC, WITH ART" - MONA KUHN

 

Curator fall 2015 and 2016 shows

Photo by Jesse Diamond

Photo by Jesse Diamond

Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of the human form. Her work often references classical themes with a light and insightful touch. Kuhn's approach to her photography is unusual in that she usually develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin. 

Kuhn was born in São Paolo, Brazil, in 1969, of German descent. She received her BA from the Ohio State University, before furthering her studies at the San Franscisco Art Institute in 1996. She is currently an independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. 

COLLECTIONS

This video was originally published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Produced by Michael Kurcfeld

Mona Kuhn's work has been exhibited and/or included in the collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Pérez Art Museum in Miami, The Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, The George Eastman House, The Griffin Museum in Boston, The Miami Museum of Art, The Cincinnati Art Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography in New York City. 

In Europe, her work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in London, England; Le Louvre in Paris, France; Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany; Musée de lÉlysée in Switzerland; the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Austria; and the Australian Center of Photography.

BOOKS

Kuhn's first monograph, Photographs, was debuted by Steidl in 2004; immediately followed by Evidence (2007), Native (2010), Bordeaux Series (2011), and Private (2014). For limited editions, please visit the MK Studio website.