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Polaroids: Steve Kahn (1974-1977)
Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco, CA

October 24 - December 19, 2020

Casemore Kirkeby is pleased to present a selection of previously unseen Polaroids by Steve Kahn (1943-2018) taken while residing in Los Angeles during the years of 1974-77. These polaroids are equal studies and complete works demonstrating Kahn's early conceptual approach to photography and providing the impetus for his notable bodies of work: The Hollywood Suites (interiors and nudes) and Kahn's later body of work, Corridors. "These images were made at a time (1974-1977) when other artists were starting to document events within their own constructions I didn't feel I could continue working as a street shooter and more Apparent l o her ere experiencing similar needs to expand on the traditional concerns of

photography." -S. Kahn

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Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, CA

February 1, 2020

"Gallery Luisotti is pleased to announce SOUTHLAND, a group exhibition. Organized by Mark Ruwedel and Theresa Luisotti, the show brings together several artists from the gallery’s program and three invited artists who in their own ways explore the vastness that is the greater Los Angeles metropolis. The show focuses on LA’s characteristically flat urban areas composed of single-family homes and small apartment buildings, and the connective tissue of streets, sidewalks and alleys.The interiors of Steve Kahn’s work and Fernandez show places of temporary transit. Hotel rooms and laundromats offer domestic comforts by the hour and are a piecemeal solution to recurring human needs. The textures present in the curtains and etched glass in those two artists’ work evoke Chelsea Mosher’s investigations of one of the largest spaces of transit in the country, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach."

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Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

December 17 - March 8, 2020

"The Museum’s photographs collection celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exhibition showcasing photographs never before displayed at the Getty. From 19th-century European and American photographs from the early days of the medium, to contemporary works produced around the world, this exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the collection. As curators share and juxtapose their favorite images, viewers are invited to make their own visual associations between photographs from different times and places."

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Steve Kahn: The Hollywood Suites/

Exhibition catalog
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

September 29 - March 31, 2019

"Los Angeles in the early 1970s was a place of economic, cultural, and social turbulence, and many artists responded by experimenting with non-traditional approaches to art making. Within this atmosphere of creative investigation, the photographer Steve Kahn began to work on a project that would become The Hollywood Suites. In 1974, he rented out rooms in a motel on Melrose Avenue and started to photograph professional bondage models posed within. However, his attention was quickly drawn away from the women and toward the mundane rooms in which they worked. He began to focus on the dilapidated interiors, including uneven curtains hanging askew from windows and doors that seemed to both offer and deny passage. His endeavor grew into a multifaceted conceptual series that used the motel’s physical features to adroitly explore ideas of psychological bondage and containment. Presenting this recently rediscovered project, Steve Kahn: The Hollywood Suites marks the artist’s first museum exhibition and is one of the first exhibitions since his untimely death earlier this year."


Steve Kahn: NO EXIT

November 8 - 11, 2018

First-time exhibitor, Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco, will bring a selection of The Hollywood Suites Series Vintage prints, Polaroids & limited edition Cibachromes to Paris.


Paris Photo, premier international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, Grand Palais, Paris.

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Corridors  2015
Joseph Bellows Gallery La Jolla, CA

May 16, 2015 - July 3, 2015

The Hollywood Suites  2012
Joseph Bellows Gallery La Jolla, CA

November 10, 2012 - December 21, 2012

Door/Window Constructions  1979
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles  

December 28 - January 19, 1979

The Hollywood Suites  1977
Broxton Gallery (aka Larry Gagosian Gallery) Los Angeles

February 19 - March 17, 1977

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