George Cohen is an Israeli-German painter and installation artist, recognized for his artworks that combine two cultural realms which have rarely been intermeshed this closely before – modern art, cultural history and digital image production with new media and computer technology.
Cohen painted his first digital border in 1996, simulating the 8bit look of the first computerized windows. The pixels are always visible in Cohen's works, sometimes emphasized, sometimes hardly recognizable. For the artist, the pixels are not a metaphorical figure but an acting unit as well as a sign of a real interaction between art and technology.
Mass culture has always been subject to imitation and consideration in Cohen's work, including icons of the post-digital age as cyber-culture has become increasingly ubiquitous. Many of his motifs originate from the visual agenda of the last hundred years. He invokes famous icons of modern art such as Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square or Piet Mondrian’s reduced geometric paintings and transfers them into a new aesthetic.
In 1999, Cohen painted his version of Andy Warhol’s take on the iconic Renaissance Da Vinci original – his silk screened Mona Lisa, surrounded by a browser box, became the basis for an ongoing, travelling installation. George Cohen has translated Leonardo’s beauty with the help of the computer and digital media technology into a visual language that fits our times, and opened up new levels of interpretation.
Cohen’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Moscow’s Museum of Modern Art, and the 2005 Venice Biennale. The artist lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Art Collection Rockefeller University, New York, USA Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany Markisches Museum, Witten, Germany Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany Museum Ritter, Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Neues Museum, Weserburg, Bremen, Museum of Cultural History, Osnabruck, Jewish Museum, Westfalen, Musée de La Poste, Paris
Museum Ludwig in State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Foundation of Ministry of Culture, Moscow
MIET ()Moscow Technical University), Zelenograd
Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Germany
Museum Ludwig, Koblenz; Germany
Markisches Museum, Witten; Germany
Judisches Museum Westfalen, Dorsten; Germany
Museum RiOppe-Ritter, Waldenbuch/ Stuttgart; Germany
Sammlung des Bundeslandes Hessen, Germany
Sammlung des Bundesministeriums fur Arbeit, Berlin; Germany
DaimlerBenz Collection, Stuttgart; Germany
Nord LB Collection, Braunschweig, Germany
Collection KfW Bank, Frankfurt /Main, Germany
Collection Solomon Oppenheim Bank, Cologne, Germany
Collection Deutsche Sparkassen Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany
Collection Ernst & Jung, Stuttgart; Germany
Collection of the community Synagogue, Cologne; Germany
Collection of the Jewish Center for Culture and Art, Cologne, Germany
Collection La Reserve, Geneva, Switzerland
Stella Art Fondation, Moscow
“Contemporary City”, Fondation, Moscow
Art Collection Rockfeller University, New York, USA
Art Collection of the Fondation of the Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
"Everybody knows that boat cannot sale away" 2018
acrylic on canvas
200 x 250 cm