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Cohen was one of a group of artists whose work was affected by the size and simplicity of recent American painting. Here contrasting forms create a sense of the process of change suggested by the word ‘mutation’ in the title. Cohen has juxtaposed the geometrical shapes of the arch and circles with the amorphous quality of the form at the bottom of the canvas. The visual relationship between these two elements is the subject of the painting; something prescribed and geometric is undermined by the intrusion of something apparently random and informal.

September 2016