Bernard Cohen Out There 1994–5

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Artist
Bernard Cohen born 1933
Title
Out There
Date 1994–5
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1836 x 1833 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1995
Reference
T07028
Not on display

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Cohen studied at St Martin’s School of Art and the Slade. He later taught at Ealing School and Chelsea College of Art. In 1988 he was appointed Slade Professor and Chair of Fine Art at London University.

This painting refers both to ancient cultures and modern life. The interwoven lines partly reflect Cohen’s interest in weaving. They also derive from his memory of an enormous radio telescope called ‘The Very Large Array’ in New Mexico. This sits in a vast plain which is criss-crossed in different directions by railway tracks, echoing the irregular black lines in this image.

September 2004

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