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Jean Cohen papers, 1935-2012

Jean Cohen papers, 1935-2012

Cohen, Jean, 1927-2013

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and eduator Jean Cohen measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1935-2012. The collection consists of limited biographical material, a small amount of printed material, photographs of family and friends including Cohen's former husband, painter, Alex Katz, and a long correspondence with painter, Lois Dodd.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jean Cohen (1927-2013), an abstract painter, studied and worked in the New York area and was involved with the 1950s avant garde art scene.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 by Philip Douglas Heilman of Philip Douglas Fine Art, Cohen's dealer.

A Finding Aid to the Jean Cohen Papers, 1935-2012, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Harriet E. Shapiro
Biographical/Historical note
Jean Cohen (1927-2013), an abstract painter, studied and worked in the New York area and was involved with the 1950s avant garde art scene.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was educated at Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, and the Skowhegan School of Painting in Maine. During the 1950s and 1960s she lived on Tenth Street in Manhattan and was a member of the Tenth Street Artists Galleries, also showing at the Tanger Gallery.
From 1950 to 1956 Cohen was married to painter, Alex Katz. She lived with painter, John Grillo, from 1957 to 1962. She later married photographer, Bill Miller in the 1970s. Cohen taught art at many institutions, including the Philadelphia College of Art, and had paintings in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Later in life, she moved to eastern Long Island, New York, where she continued to teach and work.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1961-2011 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1970-2011 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 3: Writings, 1960s-1970s (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1962-circa 1998 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 5: Printed Materials, circa 1962-2001 (Boxes 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 6: Photographs, 1935-2012 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of painter and eduator Jean Cohen measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1935-2012. The collection consists of limited biographical material, a small amount of printed material, photographs of family and friends including Cohen's former husband, painter, Alex Katz, and a long correspondence with painter, Lois Dodd.
Provenance
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 by Philip Douglas Heilman of Philip Douglas Fine Art, Cohen's dealer.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Harriet E. Shapiro in 2013. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections. Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. Folders within boxes were not numbered. The collection was housed in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Jean Cohen papers, 1935-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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