Coda Films

Alfred Cohen - An American Artist in Europe

We are delighted to feature this wonderful film in celebration of a new exhibition at Norwich Castle, Alfred Cohen: New Horizons. The exhibition marks the Centenary of the birth of the artist with a selection of works on loan from the Alfred Cohen Art Foundation and features the magnificent Evening Sky – Wells (1991) from Norwich Castle’s collection. The exhibition also includes a new work to enter the collection Sloping Farm Building (1965) which has been generously donated by the Foundation.

Alfred Cohen: New Horizons runs until Sunday 14 March 2021. The Cohen Centenary exhibitions include a concurrent display of Cohen's work at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA.

American artist Alfred Cohen (1920-2001) won a fellowship in 1949 on graduation from the Art Institute of Chicago to come to Europe for a year. He never left, studying and living in Paris and Germany before moving to London in 1960. His acclaimed exhibitions of breath-taking panoramas of the Thames, the London Docks and powerful figures based on the Commedia dell’Arte sold out. Film stars, directors and producers collected his pictures. In the mid-1960s he moved to Kent and later to Norfolk, specialising in painting the British landscape and the Channel coasts, interiors, people, and flowers.

The celebration of Alfred Cohen's centenary year has been organised in collaboration with the Alfred Cohen Art Foundation, the Ben Uri Research Unit (part of Ben Uri Gallery and Museum), Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, the Sainsbury Centre, the Centre for American Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College London.

We are most grateful to Professor Max Saunders for so generously sharing this film with EAAF Members.

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