Cohen's forty year love affair with drawing
that there is no contradiction between exuberant expression
and intelligent seeing - form and content are as inextricably
and purposefully cojoined as are the warp and weft of the
Peruvian textiles he so deeply admires and respects. We recognize
his kinship to another photographer/draughtsman: Henri Cartier-Bresson.
. . John's love of form is encompassing - it embraces everything.
[He has] shown...in the act of drawing a deeply human means
to delight in the world - that drawing is worth pursuing for
its own sake."
Leonard Stokes, Oct. 2000
Cohen has been making drawings continuously throughout his
life. He taught drawing at Purchase College (SUNY) from 1972
drawing were published in The Art of Drawing by Bernard
Chaet (Holt, Reinhart & Winston, 1983). He illustrated
the book American Skyline by Christopher Tunnard and
Henry Hope Reed (Houghton Mifflen, 1953).
exhibited drawings at the Judson Gallery in 1958, and at the
Purchase College Visual Arts Gallery in 2000 in an exhibit
entitled "Out Of Hand: Drawings by John Cohen."
here to see some drawings.