PART OF THE STORY OF
FOR OVER 70 YEARS
Works by Luise Kaish and Morton Kaish are in the collections of many of the world's major museums:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art
Their diverse work continues to spark the imaginations of critics, curators and collectors alike.
EVOLVING AND GROWING
INTO THE 21st CENTURY
Luise Kaish and Morton Kaish's legacy to American art evolves and grows through their mentees including daughter, Melissa, and grandchildren, Robert and Kathryn. Their passion for art inspired the founding of the Kaish Family Art Project.
A woman ahead of her time, Luise Kaish was one of a handful of women sculptors of her generation who pioneered working in metal at a monumental scale.
Her work is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
She was among the first women to receive the American Academy's prestigious Rome Prize.
"Speaking a language of our time, Luise Kaish's works deal with the timeless themes
of art: nature and our relation to it, feeling
and sensation as kinds of knowledge, the
beauty of physical being."
Roger Lipsey, Arts Magazine
Morton Kaish’s light and color-filled works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum.
Critics have noted Kaish’s powerful ability to combine traditional and experimental painting techniques with contemporary insights.
"Morton Kaish has the esteem of critics, the devotion of collectors and the admiration of his peers. Everything he exhibits reflects that high level of intelligence and creative ability capable of transforming even the most commonplace of objects into art."
Theodore Wolff, The Christian Science Monitor
"We are like the whirlwind in the center of which is the place of quiet. We search for the realities of our visions, the edge of the universe within ourselves, all knowledge, all reason, all passion of the soul.
Everything we do is in us, and we discover it."
–Luise Clayborn Kaish
The primary objective of the Kaish Family Art Project is to promote and exhibit the ongoing work of the Kaish family
. . . as well as to preserve, display, advance scholarship, and research the work of Luise and Morton Kaish.
The Project sees great aesthetic, philosophical and educational value in offering a view of the step-by-step development of a creative artist, from earliest years to final statements, and provides unique insight into the creative process through the collection of Luise and Morton Kaish.
Currently On View:
MORTON KAISH: A PRINT RETROSPECTIVE
November 8, 2021 - April 22, 2022
Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery, Lubin House
Morton Kaish: Innovation and Technique
March 23, 2022 | Noon
April 6, 2022 | Noon
A Conversation with the Artist
Vanja Malloy, Museum Director & Curator
April 20, 2022 | 6-8pm
AN EYE FOR NATURE: PAINTINGS & PRINTS BY MORTON KAISH
February 16 - May 12, 2019
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
December 5, 2018 - January 31, 2019
Manolis Projects Gallery
SPRING RISING: LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS & PRINTS
Butler Institute of American Art
April 2 - July 9, 2017
WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE CENTURY:
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS
October 24 - November 27, 2019
The Century Association
On permanent view
On permanent view
ETERNAL LIGHT: TWELVE TRIBES
On permanent view
The artist reflects on significant themes in his work, sharing points of inspiration and insight into his process.
Highlights of Luise Kaish's major commissions and her fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, introduced by Melissa Kaish.
Melissa Kaish founded the Kaish Family Art Project in May 2016 to promote and preserve her parents' legacy to American Art. Read More.
Artist & Adviser
Morton Kaish has an active studio practice in New York City. His paintings, drawings and prints can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum, among others. Read More.
Strategic & Financial Adviser
Jon Dorfman is Senior Managing Partner and CIO of Napier Park Global Capital, a global alternative investment manager. Jon brings over 30 years of experience in the areas of finance, business, and legal contracts. Read More.
Gerard is a multidisciplinary freelance illustrator and BFA graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. At the Kaish Family Art Project, he contributes strong skills in image editing, printing, photography, and studio organization
Andrea Kutsenkow joined KFAP as an archival consultant in 2017. Her research & preservation of Luise & Morton’s archival collections laid the groundwork for the 2021 monograph Luise Kaish: An American Art Legacy and are now used by scholars to further the legacies of both artists. In addition to her work at KFAP, Andrea promotes accessibility and transparency of archival materials through her teachings and work with major institutions including the Vilcek Foundation, Pace Gallery, AFS Intercultural Programs, and New York University. She earned her Master’s in Archives and Public History at New York University in 2017 and her Master’s in the History of Art and the Art Market (Modern and Contemporary Art) from Christie’s Education, New York in 2013.
Carolyn comes from a family of artists and has always enjoyed working in the arts. She draws from her background as the co-founder of the Off-Broadway theatre company the Hourglass Group to manage the financial planning and logistics of day to day operations of the Kaish Family Art Project.
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