Ben Uri collection

Untitled (I)

Artist information

Name Bernard Cohen (1933-)

Born London, England

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Cohen was born to an Orthodox Jewish family in 1933 in London, where he still lives and works. He studied at South West Essex Technical College in 1949 before training at St Martin’s School of Art (1950–51) and the Slade School of Fine Art (1951–54). He was awarded a scholarship by the French Government in 1954, and a Boise Travelling Scholarship in 1957, which enabled him to travel and work in France, Spain and Italy. An influential teacher, with various positions at Ealing, Wimbledon and Chelsea Schools of Art, Cohen was appointed Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art from 1988–2000.

In 1958 he held his first solo exhibitions in Nottingham at the Midland Group and in London at Gimpel Fils. Cohen’s work has been exhibited widely as part of several international touring British Council exhibitions. Other notable exhibitions include ‘Five Young British Artists’, the 1966 Venice Biennale's British Pavilion show and a retrospective at the Hayward Gallery in 1972. His work is held in numerous collections including the British Council, the Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum and MoMA.

Cohen currently lives and works in London and continues to exhibit his work widely with exhibitions in 2018 including a Spotlight Display at Tate Britain (2017-18) and a joint exhibition with his son at Flowers Gallery: ‘Bernard & Nathan Cohen: Two Journeys’ (2018).

Object Details

Date 1959

Object type drawing

Medium pencil and acrylic on paper

Materials and techniques acrylic (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 55.5 x 76.4 cm

Framed 56.8 x 77.4 cm

Signed signed and dated, bottom right: Bernard Cohen 1959

Acquisition gift from Mr and Mrs Michael S. Josephs 1987

Accession number 1987-66

Display status not on display

Although the precision of Cohen’s hard edges, ruled lines and perfect circles aligns his work with sixties Pop Art, this influence is moderated by the freely sketched lines and gestural shape placed slightly off centre.


abstract | drawing

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