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- Vienna, Austria, 1924
- Biography synopsis
- Anne Kahane was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1924. In 1925 her 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 notable as one of a few active women sculptors in Canada. By the mid-1950s, she began working in wood which not a material 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 “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 World’s 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.
- Media used
- Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
- Cooper Union Art School, New York, 1945 - 1947
- Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
- File & Archive locations
- University of Calgary Library, AB
- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
- Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC - Media Centre
- University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
- Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
- Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
- Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
- Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
- London Public Library, ON
- Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
- National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
- Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
- Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, QC
- Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
- Museum of Modern Art, NY
- "Anne Kahane." The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art 2011
- "Art Contemporain Shows Selection From '66 Contest." Gazette (Montreal) 17 sept. 1966.
- "Art Gallery Spring Show Juries Pick 119 Items From 1,400 Entries." Gazette (Montreal) 04 Mar. 1948.
- "Au Musée: Exposition - Vente." Le Devoir (Montreal) 23 Feb. 1960.
- "Royal Canadian Academy Elections." Royal Architecture Institute Of Canada (Dec. 1960): 536..
- Antoniou, Sylvia. Anne Kahane: Sculpture, Prints & Drawings, 1953-1976 Hamilton, Ontario: McMaster University Art Gallery, 1981.
- Antoniou, Sylvia. The Sculpture of Anne Kahane Montreal, Quebec: Concordia University, 1992.
- Ayre, Robert. "Anne Kahane: an Art of These Times." Canadian Art 10.4 (1953): 144-147.
- Ayre, Robert. "Variety of Exhibits On View In Two Big Shows at Museum." Star (Toronto) 31 Jan. 1959.
- Baillargeon, Christiane. "Femmes artistes connaitre l'art autre." Vie des Arts 215 (Summer 2009): 40-43.
- Ballantyne, Michael. "La Femme Imagiste: The Women Painters of Quebec." Montreal Star Feb. 1965.
- Cameron, Dorothy. Sculpture '67: an Open-Air Exhibition of Canadian Sculpture. Exposition en plein air de sculptures canadiennes. Ottawa, Ontario: Queen's Printer, 1968.
- Caran, Marie. "La part féminine du désir." Espace Sculpture 23 (1993): 13-20.
- de Chantal, Alma. "Anne Kahane: marées de pin." Vie des Arts 69 (1972-1973): 54-56..
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- Heller, Jules and Nancy. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century. New York: Garland, 1995.
- Lambton, Gunda. "Anne Kahane." Stealing the Show: Seven Women Artists in Canadian Public Art" Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994.
- Lehmann, Henry. "Diverse Dimensions: Works by Anne Kahane, Mario Merola, Melvin Charney and Erwin Regler." The Gazette [Montreal] 08 Feb. 2003: H6.
- Lehmann, Henry. "Expo 67's Sculptors, Then and Now: Stewart Hall Gallery revisits monumental outdoor works commissioned from Quebecers for the world's fair." The Gazette [Montreal] 04 Aug 2007: E13.
- Lerner, Loren R. and Mary F. Williamson. Art and Architecture in Canada: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature to 1981 Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.
- MacDonald, Colin S.. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
- Martin, Michel. La Sculpture au Québec, 1946-1961: Naissance et persistance. Quebec: Musée du Québec, 1992.
- McDougall, Anne. "Anne Kahane." The Canadian Encyclopedia 2012
- Millar, Joyce. Anne Kahane: célébration Pointe-Claire, Québec: Galerie d'art Stewart Hall, 2009.
- Millar, Joyce. Anne Kahane: Dualities Montreal, Quebec: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, 1999.
- Millar, Joyce. "Vitalité et pluralisme. La sculpture des années cinquante au Québec: le travail de Anne Kahane et Suzanne Guité." Espace Sculpture 22 (1993): 23-26..
- Montbizon, Rea. "In Montreal... Three Current Shows At Chateau Dufresne." Gazette (Montreal) 14 Aug. 1965.
- Newlands, Anne. Canadian Art: From its Beginnings to 2000. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books, 2000.
- Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008.
- Silcox, David. "Sculpture in Canada: Carvers." Canadian Art 19 (July 1962): 284-289.
- Spencer, Charles. "Anne Kahane, Canadian Sculpture." The Studio 160:807 (July 1960): 21-23.
- St.-Pierre, Gaston. "Anne Kahane et la mise en scene du quotidien." Espace Sculpture 50 (2000): 33-35.
- Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992.
- Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001.