Cora Cohen, “Red Tablet”, 34” x 38”, acrylic mediums, pigment, watercolor on linen, 2013
My work derives sustenance from the placement of culture within nature, as with the architecture at Insel Hombroich, as with the constantly changing active, unplanned energy moving through cities. During the past several years I have begun paintings with that attitude.
Cora Cohen, 2013
Cora Cohen is a visual artist known for works that draw on contemporary urban and philosophical sources. Her current paintings are based on seemingly contradictory ways of seeing and painting. Mark making as figuration is followed by acts of erasure. Discernible imagery gives way to uncertainty, waywardness, and displacement.
Born in Manhattan in 1943, Cora Cohen studied at Bennington College (B. A. 1964, M. A. 1972) with Paul Feeley and Richard Haas. She has been invited to participate in symposia and to lecture at various institutions including the New York Studio School (2006); Maryland Institute College of Art (2010-2012); the Columbia University School of the Arts (2011); the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011, 2012); Medicine Hat College, Alberta (2012); and Bennington College (2013). Cohen is the recipient of a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship Award. Her previous honors include grants from the NEA (1987); the New York State Foundation for the Arts (1989); the Gottlieb Foundation (1990, 2006); a Yaddo Foundation Residency; The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program Residency, Brooklyn, New York (2008- 2009); and The Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency, Montauk, New York (2009). She currently maintains a studio in Long Island City, New York.