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ABOUT

 

A LEGACY,

PART OF THE STORY OF

AMERICAN ART

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

  • Whitney Museum

  • Museum of Modern Art

  • British Museum

 

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. 

 
 

LUISE KAISH

One of Luise Kaish's late abstract sculptures in stain Voyage II

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.

Learn more: 

Luise Kaish's Website

Luise Kaish on Wikipedia

"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

 
Morton Kaish's painting "View from the Studio, Florence V."

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.

Learn more: 

Morton Kaish's Website

Morton Kaish on Wikipedia

"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

 
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"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   

 

MISSION

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.  

ON VIEW

 

MORTON KAISH

Currently On View:

MORTON KAISH: A PRINT RETROSPECTIVE

November 8, 2021 - April 22, 2022

Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery, Lubin House

Read More . . .

Public Programming:

Morton Kaish: Innovation and Technique
Richard Townsend

March 23, 2022 | Noon
April 6, 2022 | Noon

Learn More

A Conversation with the Artist
Vanja Malloy, Museum Director & Curator

April 20, 2022 | 6-8pm
Register Now

 

Recent Highlights:

AN EYE FOR NATURE: PAINTINGS & PRINTS BY MORTON KAISH

February 16 - May 12, 2019

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Read more . . .

ARTISTS SALON

December 5, 2018 - January 31, 2019

Manolis Projects Gallery

Read more . . .

SPRING RISING: LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS & PRINTS 

Butler Institute of American Art 

April 2 - July 9, 2017

Read more . . . 

LUISE KAISH

WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE CENTURY: 

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

October 24 - November 27, 2019

The Century Association

 

SALTINE WARRIOR

On permanent view

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

SPHERE

On permanent view

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Read more . . . 

ETERNAL LIGHT: TWELVE TRIBES

On permanent view

Hebrew Union College

Jerusalem, Israel

 

VIDEO

MORTON KAISH
The artist reflects on significant themes in his work, sharing points of inspiration and insight into his process. 
LUISE KAISH
Highlights of Luise Kaish's major commissions and her fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, introduced by Melissa Kaish.
 

NEWS

 

OFFICERS

 
Melissa Kaish, Founder of the Kaish Family Art Project
Melissa Kaish 
Founder

Melissa Kaish founded the Kaish Family Art Project in May 2016 to promote and preserve her parents' legacy to American Art. Read More.

Morton Kaish, New York City based artist and advisor to the Kaish Family Art Project.
Morton Kaish
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.

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Jonathan Dorfman
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.

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Gerard D'Albon

Studio Assistant

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

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Andrea Kutsenkow 

Archival Consultant

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.

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Carolyn Bost

Executive Assistant

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.

CONTACT

 
 

Phone: 701-347-1612

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