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Curriculum Vitae



Born, London
South West Essex Technical College and School of Art
St Martain's School of Art, London
Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London
First solo exhibition, Gimpel Fils, London

Appointed as Slade Chair of Fine Art at London University, as Slade Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London
Regular visits to New Mexico
Living and working in London

Solo Exhibitions









Gimpel Fils, London
Gimpel Fils, London
Molton Gallery, London

Kasmin Gallery, London
Kasmin Gallery, London (drawings)
Editions Alecto, London (prints)
Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
Kasmin Gallery, London
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, (retrospective exhibition)

Hayward Gallery, London (retrospective exhibition)
Waddington Galleries, London (prints)
Studio La Citta, Verona
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (drawings, gouaches and prints)
Hester Van Roijen, London (drawings and gouaches)
Galleria Annunciata, Milan

Waddington Galleries, London
Studio La Citta, Verona
Hester Van Roijen, London
Tate Gallery, London (print retrospective)
Sharks Lithography Gallery, Boulder, Colorado
Galleria Lorenzelli, Milan

Waddington and Tooth Galleries, London
Gallery Omana, Osaka, Japan (drawings and prints)

Waddington Graphics, London
Waddington Galleries, London
35 Years of Drawing, Ben Uri Gallery, London and touring to Norwich, Bristol and Birmingham
Artist in Focus, six paintings by Bernard Cohen from the Tate Gallery Collection, Tate Gallery, London
Bernard Cohen: Paintings of the Nineties, Flowers East, London
Bernard Cohen: Paintings of the Nineties, Flowers West, Santa Monica, California
Bernard Cohen: Flowers Central, London
Bernard Cohen: Flowers Central, London
Polychrome Etchings 2005, Flowers Graphics, London
Bernard Cohen: Paintings, Flowers, New York
Bernard Cohen: Paintings from the Sixties, Flowers East, London
Bernard Cohen: Work of Six Decades. A Retrospective Exhibition, Flowers, London
Selected Group Exhibitions





















Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries, London
Six Young Contemporaries, Gimpel Fils, London
Six Young Contemporaries, Gimpel Fils, London

Dimensions, O'Hana Gallery, London
Abstract Impressionism, University of Nottingham and touring to Arts Council Gallery, London

Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham
Situation, RBA Galleries, London
2eme Biennale, Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris
Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York

New London Situation, New London Gallery, London
Neue Malerei in England, Städtisches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany
9 Painters from England, Galleriea Trastevere, Rome
British Painting in the 60s, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
118 Show, Kasmin Gallery, London
54/64: Painting and Sculpture of a Decade, Tate Gallery, London
Documenta III, Kassel, Germany
Contemporary British Painting and Sculpture, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
ICA Screenprint Project, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

London: The New Scene, Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis and touring to
Washington DC; Boston; Seattle; Vancouver; Toronto; Ottowa
Op and Pop, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Kasmin Artists at Venice, Kasmin Gallery, London
5 Young British Artists, XXXIII Venice Biennale, together with Harold Cohen, Robyn Denny, Anthony Caro, Richard Smith, British Pavilion, Venice
Aspects of New British Art, British Council exhibition touring to New
Zealand; Queensland; New South Wales; Tasmania
English Painters of Today, Galleria Milano, Milan

Group Show, Kasmin Gallery, London
Drawing Toward Painting 2, Arts Council Gallery, London and touring UK
Jeunes Peintres Anglais, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
British/American Graphics, US Embassy, London
Pittsburgh International, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Recent British Painting, Peter Stuyvesant Collection and Tate Gallery, London
L'Art Vivant, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
Junge Generation Grossbritannien, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
British Graphics, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
Marks on Canvas, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund; touring to
Kunstverein, Hanover; Museum des 20 Jahrunderts, Vienna

Contemporary British Art, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
British Painting and Sculpture 1970-71, National Gallery, Washington
Slade Centenary Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London
Giant Prints, Bernard Jacobson, London
La Peinture Anglaise d'Aujourd'hui, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
I Painting a Painting, Studio La Citta, Verona; touring to Turin, Rome
From Henry Moore to Gilbert and George, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
British Painting 74, Hayward Gallery, London
Art as Thought Process, Serpentine Gallery, London
Arte Inglese Oggi, Palazzo Reale, Milan
The Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
British Painting 1952-1977, Royal Academy, London
Paintings from the 1960s, Kasmin/Knoedler Gallery, London
Pittsburgh International, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; touring USA
Sharks Lithography Collection, Denver Museum, Colorado
Abstract Prints, Angela Flowers Gallery, London
British Art Since 1930, Waddington Galleries, London
Ready Steady Go, Royal Festival Hall, London
The Sixties: The London Scene, Barbican Gallery, London
British Abstract Art: Painting, Flowers East, London
British Abstract Art: Works on Paper, Flowers East, London
New Abstract Paintings, Flowers East, London
As is When: A Boom in British Printmaking 1962-1972, British Coucil Collection touring show
Six from the Sixties, Flowers East, London
British Printmaking in the 1960's, Flowers Graphics, London
Art & the '60's This Was Tomorrow, Tate Britain, London
Summer of Love - Art of the Psychedelic Era, Tate Gallery, Liverpool touring to Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Stroll on! Aspects of British Art in the Sixties
Mamco - Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva
Print Matters Part One: New Abstraction, Chelsea Galeria, Miami
Painting from the Noughties, Letterkenny Arts Centre, Donegal, Ireland
Sharks Inc. Retrospective of prints made by Bud Shark 1976-2009, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
Sette Inglesi a Milano, Austin Desmond Fine Arts, London
Abstraction and the Human Figure in CAMs British Art Collection, Colouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
40 Years On, Flowers, London
Modern Masters, Flowers Central, London
As Dreamers Do, Colouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris

Selected Public Collections

Tate Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
British Council, London
Caracas Museum, Venezuela
Swindon Art Gallery, Wiltshire
Contemporary Art Society, London
Department of the Environment, London
Dechert LLP, London
British Broadcasting Corporation, London
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Peter Stuyvesant Collection, London
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
University of Liverpool
Ulster Museum, Belfast
University of South Wales, Cardiff
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund
Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Fogg Museum, Boston
Mellon Collection, Yale
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
University College, London
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Manchester City Art Galleries
The Louisiana Museum, Denmark
Museum of Modern Art, Tehran


Avant-Garde, London, Lawrence Alloway, Image, October, pp. 38-40, 1960
Situation, RBA Galleries, London, Roger Coleman, September 1960
Modern Art in London, Jasia Reichardt, Apollo, no. LXXVI, May/June 1962
Probity of a Painter, John Russell, The Sunday Times, 30 June 1963
Young British Painters Impressive Work, David Thompson, The Times July 1963
Dramatic Surface of B Cohen's Drawings, Guy Brett, The Times, December 1964
London, John Russell, Art News (New York), no. 63, p. 50, February 1965
Bernard Cohen and Harold Cohen: From Gesture to Symbol, in London: The New Scene,
Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, catalogue, Martin Friedman, pp. 38-40, February/March 1965
Private View, John Russell, Nelson, London, p. 221-223, 1965
Bernard Cohen, in 5 Young Painters, Venice Biennale XXXIII, catalogue, David Thompson, 1966
Jeunes Peintres Anglais, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, catalogue introduction, Richard Morphet, October 1967
Bernard Cohen in Drawing Toward Painting 2, Arts Council Gallery, London, catalogue, April/May 1967
London Commentary, Edward Lucie-Smith, Studio International, pp. 113-114, September 1967
Bernard Cohen, in Marks on a Canvas, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, catalogue, Anne Seymour, pp. 25-31, May/July 1969
Vantage Point, John Russell, The Sunday Times, 9 April 1972
The Work of Bernard Cohen, Basil Bernstein, Studio International, pp. 261-262, June 1972
Bernard Cohen, Andrew Forge, The Listener, p. 530, 20 April 1972
White is the Colour of Bernard Cohen, in Bernard Cohen, Studio La Citta, Verona, catalogue, Alessandro Mozzambani, 1972
Cohen Country, Nigel Gosling, The Observer, 1972
Bernard Cohen, Arts Counil of Great Britain, Hayward Gallery, Retrospective, catalogue introduction, Richard Morphet, 1972
Bernard Cohen, in From Henry Moore to Gilbert and George, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, catalogue, Anne Seymour, 1973
Arte Inglese Oggi 1960-76, Palazzo Reale, Milan, catalogue, Norbert Lynton, 1976
Catalogue of Acquisitions 1974-76, (Tate Gallery Publications), London, pp. 79-82, 1976
Catalogue of Acquisitions 1980-82, Richard Morphet (Tate Gallery Publications), London, pp. 64-65, 1980
Dealing with the Maelstrom of Reality, Waddington Galleries, London, catalogue introduction, Eric Shanes, 1990
The Sixties Art Scene in London, catalogue, Dr David Alan Mellor, (Phiadon Press), London, 1993
Paintings of the Nineties, Flowers East, London, catalogue, Dr David Alan Mellor, 1998
What’s on in London, 10 January 2001
Oldest Swingers in Town, Adrian Searle, The Guardian 29 June 2004
Shaping Up, Estelle Lovatt, The Jewish News 12 November 2004
Hot talent for a cooler climate, Barnaby Beveridge, West End Extra 2 September 2005
A Real British Treat, Anthony Thorncroft The Financial Times 3 September 2005
Et tout d'un coup le souvenir m'est apparu, Ian McKay, State of Art Jan/Feb 2007

Published by the Artist

Gesture and Style, Bernard Cohen, Gazette, no. 2, 1961
International Union of Architects, Congress Buildings, South Bank, London, Architectural Design, p. 496, November 1961
Observations about the Photograph of the Painting 'Generation', Cambridge Opinion, pp. 54- 56, January 1964
The Allegorical Situation, Definitions and Pictures, Living Arts, no. 3, pp. 58-77, April 1964
Profile, interview with Denis Bowen, Arts Review, p. 2, 12 December 1964
The Art that Launched a Thousand Shops, The Sunday Times Colour Magazine, 1965
Bernard Cohen, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, retrospective exhibition catalogue statement, April/May 1967
Recent British Painting, Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Collection, catalogue statement, p. 22, 1968
William Turnbull: Painter and Sculptor, Studio International, vol. 186, pp. 9-16, July/August 1973
Bernard Cohen interviewed by James Faure-Walker, Artscribe, no. 5, pp. 2-3, 1977
Kenneth Martin: A Tribute, Beginnings – Constructivist Forum, no. 3, February 1986
Making Art and Killing Culture, Art Monthly, 1986
Bernard Cohen interviewed by Timothy Hyman, Art Monthly, 1988
Bernard Cohen: 35 Years of Drawing, Ben Uri Gallery, London, catalogue introduction, 1994
Bernard Cohen: Paintings From the Sixties, Flowers East, London, catalogue introduction, February 2006