Artist Biography

Max Arthur Cohn

(1903 - 1998)

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    Max Arthur Cohn is known for his New York City scenes, as well as rural landscapes and abstracted figures. Cohn emigrated to New York as a child in 1905. At seventeen, he found a job in the city creating commercial silkscreens. Cohn would continue experimenting with silkscreen techniques throughout his career, exhibiting his prints in New York City and Washington, DC throughout the 1930s and 1940s. He later ran a small graphic arts business in Manhattan, where he is credited with showing silkscreen techniques to a young Andy Warhol. Cohn would go on to write several books on silkscreening, including the 1958 book Silk Screen Techniques. Although remembered for his prints, Cohn worked in other mediums as well. Throughout the Great Depression, he created easel paintings for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which employed artists and provided small stipends. Cohn spent most of his career in New York City, but he also attended the Académie Colarossi in Paris in 1927. The artist became a Life Member of the Art Students League and exhibited his work at the ACA Galleries and New York Civic Club. Cohn’s work is now found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the British Museum.

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