Anne Kahane (1924- )
Pen and Ink
4.75" x 8.25" Sight
In 1925 Anne Kahane's family immigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Montreal in 1929. As a young woman Kahane took night classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Montreal, where she studied traditional sculpture. From 1945 to 1947 she studied architecture, industrial design, commercial art and wood carving at the Cooper Union Art School, New York. In the late 1940s and 1950s Kahane was one of a few active women sculptors in Canada. By the mid-1950s, she began working in wood, a material not favoured by modernist sculptors of the period, yet she produced many ambitious, dramatic and vigorous works in a figurative language, and received numerous public commissions. In 1953 she was the only Canadian awarded a prize at the first International Sculpture Competition, London, England, which had more than 3000 submissions. Kahane's award-winning work entitled Prisoner now sits outside of an office building at 310 Victoria Avenue in Montreal. In 1956 Kahane won the grand prize for her work "Ball Game" at the Concours Artistique de la province au Quebec. An associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy, Kahane exhibited with the RCA between 1964 and 1976 and with the Art Association of Montreal from 1947 to 1965. In addition to her artistic practice, she also taught fine arts at Concordia University from 1965 to 1980 and at McMaster University from 1980 to 1982. Kahane's work has been shown nationally and internationally, representing Canada at the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Canadian Pavilion at the Worlds Fair, Brussels, and at Expo 67 in Montreal. In addition to her sculptural works in wood, brass, and aluminum, Kahane's works also include drawing and printmaking. Her works can be found in public and private collections throughout Canada. Anne Kahane still lives and works in Montreal.
Source: Canadian Women Artist History