Table and Red Chairs, 2000
Charcoal, conte, pastel, pigment, oil on linen
Cora Cohen served as Associate Professor of Art and taught drawing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1998 to 2003. Deriving strength from the traditions of twentieth-century art, Cohen’s abstract expressionistic style shows awareness of predecessors like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Joan Mitchell. Table and Red Chairs suggests an ordinary image in energetic color, where bursts of paint and seemingly random movements give extreme animation to the composition. The diversity of her materials intensifies the visual effect and impacts the surface with a keen physicality. Cohen recieved painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She also received the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award in 1990.