About this artwork

In reaction to the painterly, gestural aspects of 1950s Abstract Expressionism, a number of painters working in the early 1960s became interested in structures, systems and methods of notation. Such codes were a feature of sixties culture, influenced by new developments in science and technology. Cohen explained that in works such as ‘Conclave’ he wanted to find a visual metaphor for the way the mind works. The forms are inspired by the structure of the brain and also relate to computer wiring. Cohen is a leading exponent of computer art.

  • title:
    Conclave
  • accession number:
    GMA 1515
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  • materials:
    Oil, tempera and pencil on canvas
  • date created:
    Dated 1963
  • measurements:
    249.20 x 295.30 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1975
  • copyright:
    © Harold Cohen