Atelier Noir et Blanc 2/2 Sorel Cohen

Year
1986
Medium
Ektacolour Print
Size
40 × 60 inches
101.6 × 152.4 cm
Framed Size
48 × 67 inches
121.92 × 170.18 cm

In this ektacolor printed photograph a girl with short hair sits on a stool and looks away from the viewer, holding a painters palette in this 5 feet wide image. In the room, there are several paintings of herself around her. Photographer Sorel Cohen has focused her attention on portraiture, particularly self-portraiture, examining her roles as both artist and model, reinterpreting the act of gazing upon woman in art. As Cohen expressed in a 1980 interview with Diana Nemiroff, "ambiguity is a result of the mechanics of the camera. I exploit that to find new meanings in the images." Her photographs become more than portraiture as they address the history of the woman in art and more recent feminist art history, which questions the traditional role of the woman as model, as object presented solely for the male gaze. Sorel Cohen is a graduate from McGill and Concordia Universities and a major figure in Canadian photography for over 30 years with solo exhibitions in major cities such as Halifax, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Tempe and Marseilles. Cohen's work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cabinet de la photographie, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Concordia University Art Gallery, Montréal ,Québec, the Department of External Affairs, Government of Canada, McMaster University, Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal, Musée des beaux-arts, Montréal, Musée du Québec, the University of Lethbridge, Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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