Joseph Cohen - profile

Joseph Cohen

United States 1982


Joseph Cohen
Joseph Cohen
United States
October 18, 2015

Joseph Cohen is an American contemporary artist, best known for his series of three-dimensional monochromatic panels – Propositions. Born in Houston, TX in 1982, Joseph Cohen graduated with a B.F.A. in Painting, summa cum laude, from the Texas State University, San Marcos, and got his M.F.A. at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He was also an artist in residence at the Martignano International Artists Residency, in Lecce, Italy.

Cohen’s Propositions

Left Joseph Cohen - Proposition 454, 2015, Right Joseph Cohen - Proposition 459, 2015
Left: Joseph Cohen – Proposition 454, 2015 / Right: Joseph Cohen – Proposition 459, 2015

Propositions represent the artist’s bold take on the traditional field of painting, and its possibilities for transformation and alternation. For the series, Cohen uses paint as both a viscous matter that can leak, flow, drip, and carry a brushstroke’s gesture, and on the other hand he uses paint mechanically, geometrically, as a component that is at times directed by the laws of gravity.

Besides paint, Joseph Cohen includes pigment, varnish, and precious materials – diamond dust and gold for his paintings. In such way, the artist creates a number of unique viewing angles that invariably form around each artwork, which surfaced textures are in addition transformed under light.

Proposition 300, 2012 (with detail)

Joseph Cohen - Proposition 300, 2012 (with detail)
Joseph Cohen – Proposition 300, 2012 (with detail)

Joseph Cohen’s work is included into a permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. His art has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions, including the ones at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the New Bedford Art Museum, among others.

Joseph Cohen currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.

All images courtesy of De Buck Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Joseph CohenDe Buck Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2015Joseph CohenDe Buck Gallery, Antwerp, BelgiumSolo
2014Outside the Lines- Painting: Love StoryContemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Houston, TexasGroup
2014Color CodeNew Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MassachusettsGroup
2013Off the WallMirus Gallery, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2012Ten PropositionsPeveto, Houston, TexasSolo
2012Fatto in ItaliaWade Wilson Art, Houston, TexasSolo
2012In Plain SightMcClain Gallery, Houston, TexasGroup
2012Southern PacificMarfa, TexasGroup
2012Southern PacificHomeland, Portland, OregonGroup
2012Of-WhiteNuartlink, Westport, ConnecticutGroup
2012TransformationsDeborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TexasGroup
2011ProposizioniCarlo V Castle, Lecce, ItalySolo
2011Truth: Sublime Beyond WordsDeborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TexasGroup
2011Group ShowTexas Contemporary, George R. Brown Center, Houston, TexasGroup
2011Cohen, AdelmanAvis Frank, Galveston, TexasDuo
2011Southern PacificLawndale Art Center, Houston, TexasGroup
2011Cohen, Hagler, RubinoRe SEt, Lecce, Italy, San Giovani di DioGroup
2011Vessel Traces (with Joshua Hagler)Lecce, ItalyDuo
2011MarginsUTSA Art Gallery, San Antonio, TexasGroup
2011Houston to HyderabadMuse Gallery, Hyderabad, IndiaGroup
2011The Art of DeconstructionIntexure, Houston, TexasGroup
2010Forging the Path of the ConcreteWade Wilson Art, Houston, TexasSolo
2010New American PaintingsG Gallery, Houston, TexasGroup
2009Joseph CohenJoan Grona, San Antonio, TexasSolo
2008Joseph CohenDarke Gallery, Houston, TexasSolo
2008Red, White, & BluesDarke Gallery, Houston, TexasGroup
2008Engaging PropositionsUTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio, TXGroup
2007New Works by Joseph CohenRoot Cellar, San Marcos, TexasSolo
2007Mo+PoMoUTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio, TexasGroup
2006The FirehouseCouncil for the Arts, Del Rio, TexasSolo
2006New Works by Joseph CohenZanzibar, Memphis, TennesseeSolo
2006New Works by Joseph CohenRoot Cellar, San Marcos, TexasSolo
2005Joseph CohenZanzibar, Memphis, TennesseeSolo
2005Joseph CohenFlight Gallery, San Antonio, TexasSolo
2005Another TimeEmoda Gallery, Louisville, KentuckySolo
2005SpheresTexas State Installation Room, San Marcos, TexasSolo
2005New Works by Joseph CohenSomoza Fine Art, Houston, TexasSolo
2004Symphonical PaintingsSomoza Fine Art, Houston, TexasSolo
2004Not so foreignAnne Marie Gallery, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2003Intexure DesignHouston, TexasSolo