Frank Cohen

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Frank Cohen (born 15 October 1943) is the founder of Glyn Webb Home Improvement Stores, which is a large chain of Do It Yourself (DIY) stores in the North East, North West, Yorkshire, East Anglia and the Midlands of England. Cohen is an entrepreneur, a collector of fine art, and the co-founder of an art museum with free admission for all - the Dairy Art Centre, in London.

Art collecting[edit]

Cohen began collecting Modern British art in the 1970s. In the late 1980s he became a patron and supporter of the Young British Artists (YBAs), American and German art of the 1980s and 1990s, contemporary Japanese art (especially the Superflat movement) and more recently contemporary Chinese and Indian art. He is every year listed in ARTnews magazine’s list of ‘The World’s Top 200 Collectors’[1] and is often referred to as the Medici of the North. "A short, blustery man with cheerful demeanor and a great sense of humor, he can be found snatching up work at prominent art fairs with the likes of Nicolai Frahm".[2] Cohen opened in January 2007 a foundation in Wolverhampton to show younger artists from his collection called Initial Access. Cohen has become known as one of the most influential promoters of international contemporary art in the world.[3]

Cohen and fellow Danish collector Nicolai Frahm opened together in April 2013 their own private museum in London called the Dairy Art Centre.[4]

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  4. ^ [1] "Art review: Quicksand John Armleder, The Dairy Art Centre, London" The Independent, 25 April, 2013

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