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Gary Kuehn and his first wife Nancy Kuehn, 1963 Yam Festival, Hardware Poets Play House, New York, work by Joe Jones | Photo: Peter Moore

Rolf Ricke and Gary Kuehn working on Saw Horse Piece, 1968

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1939 Gary Kuehn received a BFA in Art History in 1962 from Drew University and an MFA from Rutgers University in 1964. Kuehn played a significant role in Process Art and Post-Minimalism, and participated in the seminal exhibitions Eccentric Abstraction in 1966, curated by Lucy Lippard, and When Attitudes Become Form in 1969, curated by Harold Szeeman. In the 1960s, Kuehn began a lifelong friendship and working relationship with the German gallerist Rolf Ricke, initiating a series of exhibitions and residencies in Germany, including Documenta 6, Kassel (1977), and the DAAD Fellowship, Berlin (1979).


Kuehn held teaching positions at the School of Visual Arts, New York, the Hochschule Fur Bildende Kunste in Braunschweig, Germany, and is Distinguished Professor of Art, Emeritus, at Rutgers University, where he taught for forty years. 


Kuehn’s first museum retrospective, titled Between Sex and Geometry, took place in 2014 at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and in 2018 the museum GAMeC–Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bergamo –presented a major survey of Kuehn’s work, titled Practitioner’s Delight.  Kuehn has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (1976), DAAD Fellowship (1978) and the Francis J Greenburger Award (1992). Today he lives and works between New York, NY; Glenn Garden, NJ; and Truro, MA with his wife, the writer Suzanne McConnell.


Left: The artist’s daughter Nanette Kuehn, Sommerville, NJ, circa 1968

Right: Gary Kuehn and his wife Suzanne McConnell, Truro, MA, 2012 | Photo: Andrea Stappert

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