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Ora Cohen: The Performance of Ablution

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  • September 21, 2018

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Ora Cohen, My Wedding Day, Photograph on Fine Art Paper, 36'' x 47''
Ora Cohen, Self Portrait, Photograph on Fine Art Paper, 24'' x 24''

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Ora Cohen in Autumn Equinox: Collective Visions in Abstraction and Figuration The exhibition opens September 21 and runs through October 11, 2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 27 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

About the Artist

The works of Ora Cohen are performative as much as they are photographic. One sees in her work a certain alignment with video art tradition established in New York in the 1970’s. But Cohen is working with a different medium, toward similar ends. With this, there’s a certain modesty operating in Cohen’s photographs—an aspect of symbolism which pioneering portrait photographer of the late 70's and early 80's lacked.

In Faced from There, for instance, we see a young woman dunking her head into a basin. As a part of a series, this image suggests an act of ablution. Yet because the face of the young woman is all but submerged in the basin, the photo suggests shame or penitence. If we look at this photo as a portrait, one notes a striking disregard for the conventions of portraiture. Indeed, gender identity is a central theme in Cohen's work. Whereas portraits traditionally show the face, class, and familial connections of a subject, here the viewer can only glimpse the character of Cohen’s subject, mainly by way of indirect reference to her youthfulness and the seeming recklessness of her behavior.

Ora Cohen, Faced From There (1), Photograph on Fine Art Paper, 5'' x 7''

Exhibition Dates: September 21 – October 11, 2018

Reception: Thursday September 27, 2018,  6-8 PM

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY

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Featured Artists:

GK AUSTIN II | Susana Bergero | Carol Carpenter | Ora Cohen | Natasha Estanga | Jorge Garcia-Sainz | Kenji Inoue | Tina Louise Lambert | Gabriele Pellerone | Nora Pineda | Fábio Salun | Sieglinde Scharf | Henrik Sjöström | Bo Song | YoungHee Woo

About the Exhibition

Autumn Equinox features works by fifteen artists who contend with the traditions of figuration and abstraction. These artists draw from the past to present fresh, contemporary perspectives on universal ideas.

About Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

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