About the artist

Bio

for starters ...

Over the past forty-years, Marty Cohen has incorporated mixed media – including photographic cut-outs and found objects, into his abstract expressionist oil paintings and paper pieces, introducing new textural quality into his work, and exploring the idiosyncrasies of American popular culture.

He received his BFA degree from SUNY-Purchase, where he was inspired by abstract expressionism – which would figure largely into his own style; however, to classify him as an abstract expressionist one would have to unaware of his many different expressions in paint, pen and ink, and collages. Upon graduating SUNY, he studied at the Studio School, in New York City.

After some study at Studio School, he earned his MFA degree at Carnegie Mellon, where he furthered his artistic development through study with renowned artist Sam Gilliam.

then ...

Upon completion of his formal education, Marty began to exhibit at various galleries. His works have been acquired by corporate patrons, such as the Estée Lauder Companies, Eli Lilly and Company, Citigroup, and Bill Kurtis Productions.


Marty has been an exhibitor and curator with Fountain Gallery, since its inception, in 1995, and has presented six solo exhibitions there, as well as several group shows.

now ...

Marty incorporates mixed media, including photographic cutouts and found objects, in his abstract expressionist oil paintings and paper pieces, to introduce a textural quality and to explore elements of popular culture. 


He has had solo shows at Vivian Horan Fine Art, Cooper Union, and Gallery New World Stages, and a two-person exhibit at the corporate headquarters of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Solo and group shows at Fountain House Gallery include: Wishful, Sinful, Wicked You; Doors of ExpressionBody Language; Collaged Realities; and We Are Not Alone.

Marty has participated in dozens of group shows, and curated several Fountain House Gallery shows, where he is a founding member.


His corporate patrons include the Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, and Citi. Marty Cohen was a 2012 winner of the prestigious Wynn Newhouse Award, a program that provides grants to artists of excellence who happen to have disabilities.

Marty Cohen

Exhibitions

Art for collectors
Art for art's sake

below, a partial selection of Marty Cohen solo & group shows

solo shows
2017
Mixed Media Show 
14th Street Studio
Community art access
New York, NY

2015

Doors of New York, Installation
549 East 54th Street
New York, NY
 
2013
Doors of Expression # 4
New World Stages
New York, NY

2010

Selected Recent Works

Gallery at New World Stages, New York, NY

Selected Recent Works

Museum of Modern Art: Education Department, New York, NY

2006

Selected Recent Works

Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York, NY

2003

Doors of Expression: Wishful, Sinful, Wicked You: Collage and Mixed Media Works

Fountain Gallery, New York, NY

2001

Lobby Installation

Citigroup Building, New York, NY

1991

Oil Paintings

Port Washington Library, Port Washington, NY

1986

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Hewlett Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

group shows
2020
Art in Quarantine: Artist Looking at Art
Fountain House Gallery
New York, NY
 
2019
Small Works at the Table
Fountain House Gallery
New York, NY
 
2018
International Popup Show
New York, NY
 
L.I.C. Studio Inaugural Show: Peaceable Kingdom
Fountain House Gallery
New York, NY
 
2017
Exploring the Studio: Local Project
Members’ Studio
LIC, NY
 
2016
Mad About Art Annual  Benefit
Metro Center
New York, NY

 

 

Connected/Disconnected

Curator: Matthew Higgs

Fountain House Gallery
New York, NY

 
Democracy
Curator: Monty Blanchard & Leslie Tcheyan
Fountain House Gallery
New York, NY

One Step Beyond

Fountain House Gallery
New York, NY

 
Perchance to Dream: One Step Beyond
Curator: Ronnie Wiener
Wiener Art Center
East Moriches, NY
 
2015
Absence of –
Curator: Kristen Sanken
 
In the House We Are Not Alone
 
2014
Come to Your Senses: Recent works on Paper
Jadite Gallery
New York, NY
 
2013
Look at Me (Un) Seen
 
Wings: Collage Realities
Curator: Patterson Simms
 
2012
On Paper: In the Black
 
Make Believe: “What is Outsider Art”
Curator: Frank Maresca
 
74th Annual Artist Member Exhibition
Guild Hall
East Hampton, NY

2011

Body Language

Recreation: Artists respond to Master and Modern Works

 

Outsider Art Fair

 

Sum of Its Parts: Group Exhibition of Collage and Assemblage Curator: Pavel Zoubok

 

2010

Selected Recent Works: Two Person Exhibition

The Estée Lauder Companies, New York, NY

 

Outsider Art in the Hamptons*

Is White a Color?

Curator: Agnes Gund)

 

Complexia (Curated by Phong Bui

Galerie Bel Age

Westhampton Beach, NY

 

2008

Abstraction: A Fractured Reality 

Curator: Jeff Grant

 

2007

Fascination: Seeing Music through our Eyes

 

2006

New Americana: Revisiting Contemporary and Outsider Art Curator: Margaret Bodell

Outside In: Artists Respond to Outsider Art (Curator: Brooke Anderson)

 

2004

Celebrations of Life: 9/11 Ground Zero Installation

 

2002

Navigating Disability: An Exploration by 4 Artists

The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery, at the JCC

New York, NY

 

2002

Recent Outsider Exhibition

The Gallery, Sarasota, FL

 

Mind Matters

Cooper Union, New York, NY

 

NARSAD Group Exhibition 

Curator: Margaret Bodell

Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY

 

2000

Group Exhibition

Blue Heron Art Center, New York, NY

 

1999

Group Exhibition

Mercer Street Gallery, New York, NY

 

1996

Structural Abstraction and Selected Drawings

Ten B.C. Gallery

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