Barnett Cohen's paintings, performances, and mixed media works collectively serve as meditations on the space between thought and the self and between the self and the body.

Barnett Cohen
everything, 2019
Stickers and acrylic liquid polymer on canvas
58 × 64 inches

Barnett Cohen, everything, 2019 (detail)

Barnett Cohen, everything, 2019 (detail)

Barnett Cohen, Installation view, Los Angeles, 2019

Cohen's recent collage paintings are made from found stickers, a mass material most often used on our cars, laptops and objects to brand them, and ourselves, with the identity of our choosing.

Barnett Cohen
but when you say, 2019
stickers and acrylic liquid polymer on canvas
24 × 36 inches

Barnett Cohen, but when you say, 2019 (detail)

Stickers like these often act as self-declarations, but in these works, the overload of content—branding, language and pop culture references—puts these declarations on shaky ground, as no singular identity can rise above the colorful deluge.

Barnett Cohen
Yellow, 2020
Stickers and acrylic liquid polymer on canvas
29 × 32 inches

Barnett Cohen, Yellow, 2020 (detail)

Barnett Cohen
Untitled 2, 2019
Stickers and acrylic liquid polymer on canvas
58 × 64 inches

Barnett Cohen, Untitled 2, 2019 (detail)

The flood of disjointed bits of text and image embedded in these works is linked to Cohen's use of language in his performances.

Barnett Cohen
Nothing Means Nothing and Everything Is Too Much, 2019
stickers on canvas
58 × 64 inches

Barnett Cohen



California Institute of the Arts, M.F.A., Art


London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts


Vassar College, BA, English

Solo Exhibitions


JDJ, Garrison, NY (forthcoming)


JOAN, Los Angeles

LAXART (with Emily Mast), Los Angeles

Mast on Fig, Los Angeles

Pieter Space, Los Angeles

The VDL House, Los Angeles


A Person, A Thought, An Interruption, City Limits, Oakland, CA


Barnett Cohen & Kim Ye, Venice 6114, Los Angeles, CA


Sad Last Days, A gallery, Seattle, WA

Sometimes Glorious, The Virtual Public Art Project

Sometimes Glorious, D301, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA


Blowing Off Steam, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions


REDCAT Studio, Los Angeles


HOME/WORK, JDJ, Garrison, NY


An Afternoon of Performances at the House of the Book, Los Angeles, CA


Amplify Compassion, 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA


Sibling Rivalries, The Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA


Live Action, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Beverly’s @ Material Fair, Mexico City, Mexico

Surf Club, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA


Atomic Pictures, La Galerie SEE Studio, Paris, France

Fun For Summer, The CoWorkers Project, New York, NY

Motion Tracking, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Shrink it, Pink it, Cathouse FUNeral, Brooklyn, NY


Beverly’s at Untitled, Miami, FL

What It Is, A404, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

4×4, A402, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

NOW, Cigar Factory Artists Studios, Allentown, PA

Fault Lines, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

Dons of Civilization, Beverly’s, New York, NY


Contemporary Video Series, ATHICA, Athens, GA

French Oyster Club, Miami, FL

Small Prints, Flash Forward, Boston, MA


Macabre & Mysticism, Red Roots Gallery, New York, NY

Condition X, The SVA Westside Gallery, New York, NY

Provocation, NY Photo Festival, powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

Moment of Recognition, ICP, NY NY


A Reimagining of a 1974 Performance of Art and Food, Hyperallergic, March 11, 2020
Hannah Spears & Asha Bukojemsky on SOMETHINNNGISALWAYSSSSWRONGGGG, Riting, Feb 28, 2020
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon Has Been Shaking Up Design for Seven Decades, Hyperallergic, August 7, 2019
Barnett Cohen Entrusts The Viewer To Interpret, Art of Choice, July 23, 2019
A Gallery That Feels Like a Friend’s Upstate Cabin, T Magazine, The New York Times, July 12, 2019
Samara Kaplan on congrats and condolences by Barnett Cohen, Riting, April 25, 2019 MacDowell Colony Awards Fellowships to Eighty-Six Artists, Artforum, Jan 22, 2019
MacDowell Colony Awards Fellowships to 86 Artists, Artnews, Jan 22, 2019
Performances About Learning, Set in a Fictional Classroom, Hyperallergic, January 22, 2018
The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles, Art in America, January 13, 2016
Dan Levenson Interview, CARLA, September 2015
#studio#visit#withdevin#kenny, CARLA ISSUE I , March 2015
Barnett: Cohen: Artist of the Week, LVL3 Media, March 2015
Irena Jurek talks Honesty and Sex with Barnett Cohen, nyartsmagazine.com , January 2014
Scrapped, Volume 2, August 2013
Taking Up Residency, The School of Visual Arts Magazine, Fall 2011, Volume 19, Number 2

Awards & Residencies

2020 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Nominee
2019 MacDowell Fellowship
2012 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture