Pinchas Cohen Gan

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Pinhas Cohen Gan
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Pinchas Cohen Gan (1978)
Born 1942
Meknes, Morocco
Nationality Israeli
Known for Painter and mixed-media artist
Movement Israeli art

Pinchas Cohen Gan (Hebrew: פנחס כהן גן‎) (born 1942) is an Israeli painter and mixed-media artist.


Pinhas Cohen Gan was born 1942 in 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.





Awards and Prizes[edit]

  • 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.[1]
  • 2008 The Israel Prize in painting.[2][3]

Solo Exhibitions (selection)[edit]

  • 1972 - “Total Art: From Landscape to Abstraction and from Nature to Art”, Dugit Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1972 - “Exhibition of Etchings”, Cowshed of Kibbutz Nirim
  • 1974 - “Activities”, Billy Rose Pavilion, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; curator: Yona Fischer (catalogue)
  • 1974 - “Newsprints and Drawings”, Rina Gallery, New York
  • 1974 - “Plans”, Delson-Richter Gallery,Tel Aviv
  • 1975 - “Alaska Project Drawings”, Sara Gilat Gallery, Jerusalem; Rina Gallery, New York
  • 1975 - “Dislocation: Moving an Immigrant’s Physical Space Into a Gallery”, Delson-Richter Gallery, Jaffa
  • 1976 - “Figurative and Electronic Circuits”, Max Protetch Gallery, New York (catalogue)
  • 1976 - “New Works”, Rina Gallery, New York
  • 1976 - “Figure, Form, Formula”, Max Protetch Gallery, Washington DC
  • 1977 - “The Language of Art and the History of Art”, Max Protetch Gallery, New York
  • 1978 - Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Curator: Sara Breitberg (catalogue)
  • 1978 - “Deductive Figures in Painting”, Riebenfeld Gallery, Jaffa
  • 1978 - “Deductive Premises in Space”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1979 - “Deductive Premises in Painting”, University of Rhode Island, Kingston (catalogue)
  • 1979 - “Secret Exhibition”, Chelsea Hotel, New York
  • 1980 - Max Protetch Gallery, New York
  • 1980 - “Phrase, Utterance, Claim”, Mabat Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • “Deductive Premises in Space: 1. Entropy (painting); 2. Imprisoned Geometry (etching)”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1981 - “Works on Paper”, Galleriet Gallery, Lund, Sweden
  • 1981 - “Deductive Premises: The Curved Space (Non-Euclidean Geometry)”, Max Protetch Gallery, New York
  • 1981 - “Image Drawings: The Curved Space (Non-Euclidean Geometry)”, Noemi Givon Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (catalogue)
  • 1981 - “Area Drawings”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1981 - “Space Drawings”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1982 - San Francisco Art Institute; curator: Mark Rosenthal (catalogue)
  • 1982 - “Black Sabbath”, Max Protetch Gallery, New York
  • 1982 - “Abyss Painting”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1982 - “Sweet Poison: Light-Sensitive Drawings”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1982 - “Men at Work: Seven Large Paintings”, Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1983 - Museum of Art, Ein Harod, and Haifa Museum of Art; curators: Galia Bar Or, Mordechai Omer, Gavriel Tadmor (catalogue)
  • 1984 - “Works”, Sara Gilat Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1984 - “Reinforced Photography”, Camera Obscura Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1985 - “Metaformal Art”, Tat-Rama Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1985 - “The 15th District”, Mabat Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1985 - “Homeland B: A Painting Model”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1986 - “Paintings”, Maimad Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1986 - “A Jewish Holocaust Touches Me”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1986 - “Painting and Antithesis”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1987 - Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot Gallery; Kibbutz Kabri Gallery
  • 1987 - “Paintings”, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1987 - “Hovering Heads”, Maimad Katan Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1987 - “Ten Commandments (Decalogue): Paintings”, Maimad Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1987 - “Pictures Speak: Paintings from the Bank of Tears”,
  • 1988 - “Prints 1968-1988”, Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan; curator: Mordechai Omer (catalogue)
  • 1988 - “Cosmos, Pathos, Chaos”, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1989 - “The Fourth World”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1989 - “Jew”, Maimad Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1989 - A Thousand Years of Pain and Grace”, Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1990 - “Paintings Remember”, Artists Studio, Tel Aviv
  • 1990 - “New Works: Anafranil 25 mg”, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1990 - “From the Private I to Inside Me”, Arad Museum
  • 1992 - “And These Are the Names”, Istanbul International Art Biennial; curator: Galia Bar Or (catalogue)
  • 1992 - “Works on Paper 1969-1992”, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; curator: Talia Rapaport (catalogue)
  • 1993 - “Religious Art:They and We”, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1994 - “Remaking of History”, Museum of Art, Ein Harod; curator: Galia Bar Or (catalogue)
  • 1996 - “Figure, Form, Formula”, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina; curators: Ruth Beesch, Kristine Stiles (catalogue)
  • 1997 - Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1997 - “Where Are We Heading?: Blind Obedience to an Immoral Duty”, Minerva Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2000 - The Architecture of Evil in the Third Reich: A Tri-Thematic Installation in Painting, Sculpture and Architecture”, Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv (catalogue)
  • 2001 - “A Response to the Aesthetics of Evil in the Third Reich from the Viewpoint of a Levantine Jew”, an installation in painting, sculpture and books, Kibbutz Nirim
  • 2006 - “The Art of Excess”, Gallery of the Art Institute, Oranim College; curator: David Wakstein (catalogue)
  • 2008 - “Large Format Works”, Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2012 - “When My Redemption Comes I Shall Treasure My Tears: Works 1970–2012”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; curator: Galia Bar Or (catalogue)

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

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