Bernard Cohen

Out There

1994–5

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Bernard Cohen born 1933
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

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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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Bernard Cohen: Out There 1994-5

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