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ARTHUR COHN

Max Arthur Cohn, born in London in 1903, was brought to the             
United States as a young child. His first summer job, at the age of     
seventeen, involved work in a New York City silk screen studio.  In     
1922, Max began his studies at the New York Art Students League         
under the direction of Boardman Robinson, considered to be an           
accomplished draftsman.  The following year Max joined fellow           
students Alexander Calder, Adolph Gotlieb and John Graham under the     
direction of John Sloan, a member of the original eight, or Ash Can     
School, whom Max considered on of the great influences on his work.     
    In 1927, in order to broaden his knowledge, Max went to Paris         
where he studied at the Academie Colarossi and absorbed the             
influences of modernism, particularly Abstraction and Cubism which       
were prevalent in the vanguard art circles of the French capital.       
Beginning at this period, Maxís use of color was influenced by           
Picasso and Matisse. By 1930, Max was painting strong urban images,     
always depicting the world around him as it appeared, pretty or not.     
During the Depression, Max was engaged in the Easel Project of the       
WPA.  He worked for $26.00 per week to produce 26 works of art. Many     
artists at the time chose to make political statements with their       
work, painting bread lines or Hoovervilles. Max preferred to paint       
views of the waterfront, the Edison Power Plant, bridges and ships -     
capturing the essence of the time with a human aspect not just           
focused on the architecture.                                             
    During this period, silk screening, a printing method that had       
been used for the mass prodiction of lettered signs, became an art       
form all its own. Max wanted his silk screen prints to imitate his       
watercolors, not the usual blocky use of color as in signage - but       
full color prints of artwork made available to those who couldnít       
afford originals. In 1942, Max coauthored a book entitled Silk           
Screen Stenciling as a Fine Art, so others could learn his               
techniques.  In the 1950ís, Max ran his won commercial art studio       
where he taught the young Any Warhol how to make silk screen prints.     
                                                                         
    As the 1950ís progressed, Max started to modernize his art. He       
was still focused on the city, but became more abstract in his           
interpretation, allowing for the transition to his later abstract       
work of the 60s and 70s.  From 1960 forward, Max moved into abstract     
forms with figures. He started with obvious figurative work and         
moved to a more abstract figurative, until he reached an abstract       
format with only the hint of a figure.                                   
    Max Arthur Cohn was an artist for more than 70 years. He has         
authored books, and held many one-man exhibitions and museum shows.     
His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum       
in New York, the Philadelphia Museum, the Museum of Modern Art,         
(MOMA) the British Museum, Chicago Art Institute, the University of     
Wisconsin, and the Tel Aviv Museum among others.                         
    Max died in 1998, in New York City at the age of 95.