Jeff Cowen

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Jeff Cowen
Born (1966-01-09) January 9, 1966 (age 52)
New York City, New York
Residence Berlin, Germany
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Art photographer

Jeff Cowen (January 9, 1966 in New York City, New York) is an American art photographer known for painterly photo murals and photo collages. Cowen is the first photographer to be represented by the Michael Werner Gallery Cologne since it opened in 1968.

Early life and education[edit]

Jeff Cowen was a New York University Honours Scholar in Oriental Studies. He also studied at Waseda University in Tokyo. His senior year he took a photography class with Elaine Mayes at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. During this class he made photographs of prostitution in the Meatpacking District in New York City. This work was acquired by the New-York Historical Society for their permanent collection.[1]

Career[edit]

After graduating he worked as an assistant for master American photographers Larry Clark from 1988–1990, and Ralph Gibson from 1990-1992. Clark was the assistant of W. Eugene Smith and Gibson was the assistant of Dorothea Lange.

At age 23, Cowen's images of the Romanian Revolution appeared in: The Guardian, Tel Aviv Post, Yomiuri Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun.

Cowen studied drawing and anatomy (1994–1996) at the Art Students League of New York and the New York Studio School.

In 2001, he moved to Paris, France.

He was awarded the Thomas Cooke Award for Photography.[2]

In 2005, his first monograph was published by Paris Musées.[3] That monograph contains his early New York work and his painterly Mural collages of nudes. In 2007, Cowen collaborated with filmmaker and writer Andre Labarthe founder of the Cahiers du cinéma for his exhibition called The Lotus Eaters.[4]

Since 2007, Cowen has lived in Berlin.

Cowen taught photography to underprivileged, inner-city kids at LEAP between 1990 and 1994. Cowen discovered and mentored the young and brilliant illegal immigrant Dan-el Padilla[5] and helped him earn a scholarship to Collegiate School in New York City. Padilla later earned a scholarship at Princeton University where he graduated with the highest distinction and was offered full scholarship at Oxford University. Due to Padilla's illegal immigrant status, Padilla and Cowen were both featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal that highlighted some of the absurdity and rigidity of U.S. immigration laws.[6]

Self-portrait by Jeff Cowen and Csilla Szabo (diptych), 55 x 98 cm, 2011, Edition of 6

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • 1993 - Chris D’Amelio, Curates Solo Show of West 14th Street at The Space, New York and functions-in Client Side JavaScripting, so only your computer will see or process your data input/output.
  • 1994 - South Bronx, Collegiate School, New York
  • 1999 - Shoot and Die, Vitrines Calvin Klein du Bergdorf Goodman, New York
  • 2000 - China Studies, Luise Gallery, New York
  • 2001 - Ming, Chaos Night Club, New York
  • 2001 - The Scroll Paintings, The Point Gallery, New York
  • 2003 - Shoot and Die, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2003 - Art Paris, 5ème édition, Carrousel du Louvre, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2004 - 1987-2004 work, Galerie Seine 51, Paris
  • 2004 - Art Paris, 6ème édition, Carrousel du Louvre, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2005 - Art Paris, 7ème édition, Carrousel du Louvre, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2005 - L’art et la guerre, group exhibition, La Filature, Mulhouse
  • 2006 - Galerie d’Art de Créteil, Premières rencontres photographiques, Créteil
  • 2006 - Fotografies, group exhibition, A/34 Gallery, Barcelona
  • 2006 - The Lotus-Eaters, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2007 - ArtBasel, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
  • 2008 - Photo murals, personal Exhibition, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
  • 2008 -Arco 2008, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
  • 2008 -White Now, group exhibition, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2008 - Jeff Cowen, personal exhibition, A/34 Gallery, Barcelona
  • 2009 - ArtBasel, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
  • 2009 - Arco 2009, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
  • 2009 -Palm Beach 3, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2009 - Art Chicago 2009, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
  • 2009 - Photoespana 2009, personal exhibition, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
  • 2009 - Pulse Miami, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
  • 2009 - Attacus Atlas, personal exhibition, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2009 - Personal exhibition, Gallery Seine 51, Miami
  • 2010 - Pulse Miami, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
  • 2010 - Bologna Art Fair, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
  • 2010 - Scarab, personal exhibition, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
  • 2011 - Los Angeles Art Show, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2011 - Art Cologne, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
  • 2011 - Personal exhibition, Urs Albrecht, Basel
  • 2011 - Art Moscow special project, Insight, personal exhibition curated by Eric Schlosser, Moscow
  • 2011 - Jeff Cowen, personal exhibition, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
  • 2012 - Jeff Cowen. Photographic works, Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Cologne
  • 2012 - Recent Acquisitions, Huis Marseille Museum for photography, Grand Palais, Paris Photo, Paris
  • 2013 - Art Cologne, Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Köln
  • 2013 - Jeff Cowen and Yamamoto Masao, Group Show, PUG Gallery, Oslo
  • 2013 - Jeff Cowen, Photographie, Solo Exhibition, Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Köln
  • 2013 - Jeff Cowen, Solo Exhibition, Michael Werner Köln, Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris
  • 2014 - Jeff Cowen, Solo Exhibition, VeneKlasen Werner Gallery, Berlin

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Guide to the Photographer FileCa. 1882-1999PR 050". Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  2. ^ ""Grand Prix Du Livre Thomas Cook" Deuxieme Edition Et De La "Bourse Du Voyage Thomas Cook" Actuphoto.Com Photography". Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Paris-Musées - Les musées de la ville de Paris". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Lens culture: Jeff Cowen, The Lotus Eaters". LensCulture. Archived from the original on 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  6. ^ Miriam Jordan, "Illegal at Princeton", Wall Street Journal, 15 April 2006.

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