• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5529

    20th Century British Art

    31 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 147

    Harold Cohen (b. 1928)

    Secret

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    Harold Cohen (b. 1928)
    Secret
    signed, inscribed and dated 'Harold Cohen/"SECRET"/March 1964 London' (on the reverse)
    oil and acrylic on canvas, unframed
    98 x 115 1/2 in. (248.9 x 293.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1964.


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    'Harold Cohen's pictures show very clearly how the impact of New York painting affected his generation. Secret of 1964 with its map-like forms and linear rhythms is a picture about communication, the varieties of visual images providing the subject matter' (Introduction to Exhibition Catalogue, Recent British Painting: A Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Collection, City Art Gallery, Auckland, 1971).
    Cohen was selected in 1964 as one of sixty contemporary artists to be included in the European Community Contemporary Painting Exhibition - The Marzotto Prize. He chose to submit Secret which was exhibited the following year in his one-man show at the Whitechapel Gallery and subsequently purchased by the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation.

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    Provenance

    with Robert Fraser Gallery, London, 1965.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this work is sold unstretched and unframed.


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Marzotto Prize Exhibition 1964-5, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1965, no. 16, illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, Harold Cohen: Paintings 1960-65, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1965, no. 45, illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, Peter Stuyvesant Foundation: A Collection in the Making 1965 Purchases, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1965, no. 12, illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, Recent British Painting: Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Collection, Tate Gallery, London, 1967, no. 41, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    London, Whitechapel Gallery, Marzotto Prize Exhibition 1964-5, January - February 1965, no. 16; this exhibition travelled to Valdagno, Baden-Baden, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris.
    London, Whitechapel Gallery, Harold Cohen: Paintings 1960-65, May - June 1965, no. 45.
    London, Whitechapel Gallery, Peter Stuyvesant Foundation: A Collection in the Making 1965 Purchases, November 1965, no. 12.
    London, Tate Gallery, Recent British Painting: Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Collection, November - December 1967, no. 41.
    Oldham, Oldham Art Gallery, 1966-67, catalogue not traced.
    Auckland, City Art Gallery, Recent British Painting: A Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Collection, August - September 1971, no. 38.