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Untitled (III)

© the artist/courtesy Flowers Gallery, London and New York. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

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In this complex abstract painting, the artist explores ways of creating visual and spatial movement in paint. Short, colourful, angular lines around mainly black, abstract figures suggest a circular ritual dance.

Cohen is best known as an abstract painter. In 1969 he visited New Mexico for the first time and was excited by both the landscape and the Pueblo Indian ceremonial dancing. From the mid-1970s he has sought a way of relating the procedures of painting to a range of social rituals. In this work, the combination of animal-like black prints and red fingerprints add intensity to the suggestion of hypnotic, rhythmic dance.

In 1988 Bernard Cohen was appointed Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



Untitled (III)




acrylic on paper


H 38.5 x W 76.8 cm

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gift from the artist, 1995

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