By a piece of incredibly bad luck, King’s College London opened its latest and possibly its most ambition exhibition in the new cultural spaces of the Arcade in Bush House last Monday (16th March).
Alfred Cohen (1920-2001) came to Europe from Chicago after the Second World War, first to Paris, then Heidelberg and London. He remained in England, moving to Kent and Norfolk, painting landscapes, seascapes and scenes of the River Thames, plus his jolly, but dark, series, the Commedia Della’Arte in the 1960′s. Deep blues and reds permeate his work and it was fascinating to see some of his later more three-dimensional works.
Celebrating the centenary of his birth, the exhibition is one of four in different locations planned to run throughout the year, raising the profile of this artist who ought to be better-known and is set out around a number of themes – Paris in the 1950′s, London and the Thames in the 1960′s, along with the Commedia Dell’Arte, then the countryside and coastal landscape of Kent and, finally, his last home in Norfolk.
Sadly, the exhibition was short-lived as it closed (at least for the time being) on the evening of the 17th due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Hopefully it can be extended when things come back to normal.