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Arthur Cohen studied with Edwin Dickinson at both Cooper Union and the Art Students League, and also with Robert Gwathmey and Reginald Marsh. He is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, New York Historical Society, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Hirshhorn Museum, Everson Museum, Cape Cod Museum in Dennis, and Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Included among the more than dozen grants and awards he has received, are a Guggenheim in 1981, Pollock Krasner Award in 1986 & 1993; Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Award in 1987. He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1984, and selected for the cover art of Mary Oliver’s 1990 book of poems, “House of Light”.

Cohen's sweeping panoramas of Provincetown Harbor are developed from storied layering and scraping - thin levels of paint build up over a day. week, or even over several years, referred to by Cohen as the "ghost" in his painting. It is this "buried" sense of time and continuity that evokes a sense of timelessness and spatial infinity. Working with a focused palette of blues and grays, occasionally some pink and green, Cohen repeatedly brings the viewer a synthesis of light from different moments; his landscape paintings possess an inherent monumentality that is eternally, classically Provincetown.