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Barry Kahn papers, 1962-1983

Kahn, Barry, 1938-1982

Conceptual artist, Author, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 7.4 linear feet

Summary: Resumes; correspondence; a financial ledger, 1979; exhibition announcements, clippings and miscellaneous printed material; art works, undated and 1969, including ink and pencil sketches and a series of silkscreened geometric designs; 23 notebook/journals, manuscripts, undated and 1971-1982; photographs, undated and 1969-1980, of Kahn, his studio, colleagues, and works of art; audio tapes, undated and 1975-1982, consisting of 19 cassette tapes and 9 reel-to-reel tapes; and 9 reels of 16mm motion picture film.

Biographical/Historical Note

Barry Kahn was a conceptual artist, writer and art critic in Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and several Eastern cities, but spent the bulk of his time in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kahn organized the Education of Artists Conference at Springhill Center, Minneapolis, in 1977, and coordinated the Artists' Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He wrote for many publications including the NEW ART EXAMINER, and was a contributing editor to MONTHLY DETROIT, and did a series of radio broadcasts on art for WUOM at the University of Michigan.


Donated in 1985 by Yvonne Wulff Kahn.

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How to Cite This Collection

Barry Kahn papers, 1962-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.