Max Arthur Cohn, British (1903 - 1998)
Born in London, England, Max Cohn became an artist primarily known for scenes of New York City, rural views, and abstract figural compositions. His style has ranged from realism in the 1920s to 1940s to abstraction from the 1950s to 1990s, with some reintroduction in the later years of realism and re-working of earlier subject matter. His primary studio was in New York, where he had became a US citizen, having emigrated to America when he was age two.
From 1925 to 1927, he studied at the Art Students League in New York with John Sloan, and in 1927, he attended the Academy Colarossi in Paris. Spending most of his career in New York City, he was a Life Member of the Art Students League. He has written books on silk screen techniques.
He died March 25, 1998 in New York City
Journal of the Print World vol. 11 no. 4, Fall 1988. Max Arthur
Pioneer of the Screenprint, by Peter Hastings Falk.
Art Students League, Life Member
National Serigraph Society, Founding Member
Delaware Valley Artists Association, Founding Member
New York WPA Artists Association, Executive Board Member
N.Y. Civic Club, 1929;
New School for Social Research, 1932
ACA Gallery, 1932
Delphic Studios, 1936
Couturier Galleries, Stamford CT, 1963
Lucinda Galleries, NJ, 1968
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art History Gallery, 1989
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
New School for Social Research, 1937, 1957
Watercolor Biennial, Brooklyn Museum, 1939
Prints for Children, MOMA 1936 (honorable mention)
Art Students League 1936, 1975
National Serigraph Society 1941, 1942, 1945
N.Y. WPA Artists Association shows 1977, 1980 1981, 1984
D. Wigmore Gallery, New York, 1988
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, 1992
The following is from "Who Was Who in American Art" by Peter Falk
Born in England of Russian parents, Max Cohn emigrated to New York in 1905, and has become known "as a pioneer in screenprints" (686). Many of his subjects were of people and places that were uniquely American and included New York scenes of the Harlem River and the Brooklyn Bridge as well as genre works.
In 1924, at the Art Students League, he made what has been called the first screenprint, and during the 1950s he operated a small business called Graphic Arts Studio. Andy Warhol was one of his first customers to whom he showed the screenprinting process.
Cohn was also an easel painter and a WPA artist during the Depression.