Sunday, March 22, 2009

Rose Gallery

www.rosegallery.net
2525 Michigan Ave G-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
ph: 310 264 8440

MARK COHEN: TRUE COLOR
17 FEBRUARY- 11 APRIL 2009
Reception for the artist and Book Signing:
Saturday 21 February, 5 - 7pm

Mark Cohen occupies a conspicuous place among the innovators of American street photography. Cohen’s photographs are intrusive, fragmented keyhole perspectives depicting the street-life of his hometown, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Taken in the 1970s and 1980s, True Color is a project originally commissioned by the George Eastman House. Mark Cohen’s color images demonstrate chaotic visual narratives, at times harshly flashed, that denote the artist’s invasive style illustrating this American coal-mining region. A somewhat hermetic visual predator, Cohen deliberately seeks closeness to his subjects and finds a way to ambush partial details, a pink jump rope, a green car, a child’s set of bare limbs.

ROSEGALLERY is pleased to exhibit TRUE COLOR, a portfolio of thirty exquisite dye transfer prints. The prints were produced under the supervision of the artist by renowned artists and printers Guy Stricherz and Irene Malli of the G&I studio, also recognized for the printing of William Eggleston’s dye transfer prints for the last twelve years. The rich and distinct 1970s palette and subject matter are a remarkable testament to one of the era’s most intense photographers.

Mark Cohen was born in 1943 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is a two-time recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and is also a National Endowment of the Arts Fellow. He is included in publications on the subject of street photography including titles such as Sally Euclaire’s 1981 book, The New Color Photography, John Szarkowski’s Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960, 1978. A monograph of now well-know works, Grim Street, was released in 2005 and True Color was released in 2007, both published by Powerhouse Books, New York. Cohen’s work is exhibited and collected in museum private and public collections across the United States and abroad, including The Chicago Art Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The MOMA, New York, The San Francisco MOMA, and the Whitney Museum.

Mark Cohen: True Color will be on view at ROSEGALLERY 17 February to 11 April 2009. The gallery is located in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Gallery G-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 PM. For more information, contact Jessica Kloville at (310) 264-8440.info@rosegallery.net

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