Pinchas Cohen Gan
|Pinhas Cohen Gan|
Pinchas Cohen Gan (1978)
|Known for||Painter and mixed-media artist|
Pinhas Cohen Gan was born 1942in Meknes, Morocco. He immigrated to Israel in 1949. He studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and at the Central School of Art and Design in London prior to receiving a baccalaureate in social science and the history of art at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1973.
During the 1970s Gan created a number of installations and other conceptual activities, among them "The Dead Sea Project," "Touching the Border," and activities in refugee camps in Jericho which combined the social, political, and ecological dimensions of art. Along with the artistic discussion, his works showed both the conceptual and abstract and metaphorical allegories of alienation, ejection, and life in a hostile environment.
In 1975, Gan returned to painting and drawing, often employing faceless figures as symbols in a non-specific space. From 1975 to 1977, he studied with Meyer Schapiro (1904–1996) at Columbia University in New York City, receiving an MFA in 1977.
From the end of the 1980s Cohen Gan's works concentrate on images of man and on his anonymity, described in philosophical and Ars Poetica terms. These works use a combination of different techniques and are in expressive style. Many of Cohen Gan's works are parts of large series of works, and in them and different variations on them, we see both formal and ideological themes together.
In addition to his artistic works, Cohen Gan has published a number of research projects and texts combining views on the aesthetics, sociology, and philosophy of art. He currently resides in Tel Aviv.
- 1967-70 Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Academy of Art, Jerusalem, advanced studies
- 1971 Central School of Art, London
- 1971-73 B.A. social sciences and art, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
- 1975-77 M.F.A. in arts, Columbia University of Arts, New York
Awards and Prizes
- 1978 America-Israel Cultural Foundation
- 1978 Isaac Stern Creativity Prize
- 1979 Sandberg Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
- 1991 Eugene Kolb Prize for Israeli Graphics
- 1991 Minister of Education Prize
- 1999 Acquisition Prize, Tel Aviv Museum
- 2005 Prize for Life's Work in Plastic Art, Ministry of Education
- 2005 Gan was awarded the Dizengoff Prize for Painting.
- 2008 The Israel Prize in painting.
Solo Exhibitions (selection)
- Barron, S. & M. Tuchman, Seven Artists in Israel 1948-1978. Arie Aroch, Pinchas Cohen Gan, Moshe Kupferman, Joshua Neustein, Nahum Tevet, Anna Ticho, Josef Zaritsky, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1978.
- Beesch, Ruth K, Kristine Stiles & Peter Selz, Figure, Form, Formula: The Art of Pinchas Cohen Gan, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1996.
- Dvir Gallery, Pinchas Cohen Gan. Cosmos.Pathos. Chaos, Tel-Aviv, Dvir Gallery, 1988.
- Israel Museum, Pinchas Cohen Gan, Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 1974.
- Pinchas Cohen Gan at the Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012
- "Pinchas Cohen Gan". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012.
- Art of Pinchas Cohen-Gan at Europeana. Retrieved February 2012