Bernard CohenZany Balances 1973-4

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Artist
Bernard Cohen (born 1933)
Title
Zany Balances
Date 1973-4
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2743 x 1368 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Reference
T01867
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This painting's double square format is that of Cohen's dining table. Though following a clear programme, Cohen developed an increasingly complex disposition of forms, as happens in a meal. He first painted the upper half black and the lower white. Over this he painted rectangular and elliptical panels in twos. The second of each pair repeated the first's imagery; it was placed in the opposite square, in as near as possible to the same position. But in repeating a panel Cohen would alter its size, so literal equivalence of positions became impossible. The painting ended when the last 'reasonable' space was filled… (read more)

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