A Legacy of Remembrance: An Art Exhibition of Original Paintings and Drawings by Artist Mark Cohen

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Visit the Armory Art Center through August 19 to see A Legacy of Remembrance: An art exhibit of original paintings and drawings by artist Mark Cohen focused on the Holocaust. The exhibition will be presented at the Greenfield Gallery of the Armory Art Center. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday. The galleries are free and open to the public.

Mark Cohen is an award-winning graphic designer, marketing communications manager, teacher, painter and printmaker. Its subject matter uses contemporary and past iconic figures of politics, popular culture, entertainment, and war and peace.

He chose to paint many human “monsters” of contemporary life, including Jared Loughner, James Holmes, Bashar al-Assad and many others. One of these monsters, Amon Goeth, the commandant of the Nazi concentration camp at Plaszow during World War II, inspired him to create a series of paintings about the Holocaust, Plaszow and three generations of women associated with Goeth. Most of the paintings are large-scale works that beg to be noticed. They feature a sparse and concise pictorial composition that combines abstract expressionism and pop art in their execution. In these paintings, viewers can investigate issues of anti-Semitism, genocide, and the psychological effects on women associated with Amon Goeth. Cohen continually adds works to this series. These same problems are found in the perpetration of other heinous acts that are reported too frequently in the media. The artist’s intention is to remind viewers that more than seventy years after the Holocaust, we live in a world not only of continued anti-Semitism, but also of hateful prejudice that results in senseless genocide and murder in the whole world. Cohen has also created a series of thirty paintings that examine issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2020, he painted a series of ten canvases on the Covid-19 and the wearing of the mask. The paintings have been exhibited in multiple venues in 2020 and 2021, including the Armory Art Center. The purpose of the works is to remind all of us of the selfless efforts of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who risk their lives daily to care for us.

In partnership with the Armory Art Center, the artist has created two educational components of this exhibition which are available for purchase. Now you can schedule a Zoom meeting for your group, class, school, church, synagogue, or any meeting you want. The artist, Mark L. Cohen, will lead your Zoom meeting, explaining the subject of each artwork and giving a virtual PowerPoint presentation. The exhibition is also available for a rental period of 60 days in locations with sufficient space to display the pieces. More information and prices are available at www.armoryart.org.

This exhibition and educational initiative is supported in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Arts & Culture; presented in collaboration with the Armory Art Center.

More information about the exhibition is available at www.armoryart.org/event/a-legacy-of-remembrance/. Learn more about the artist at marklouiscohen.com

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