Spare Room includes Linda Kohen’s most recent works made in isolation, alongside a selection from her autobiographical oeuvre dating back to the 1980s.
The Piero Atchugarry Gallery, in collaboration with The Americas Collection, presents Spare Room, a solo exhibition of recent drawings made in isolation by prolific painter Linda Kohen, alongside a selection of her paintings and her 2005 large-scale installation, El Gran Biombo. Fleeing from Jewish persecution in Italy, Linda Kohen and her family emigrated to Montevideo by way of Buenos Aires in 1939. After committing to a lifelong study of painting in 1940, Kohen joined the Taller Torres-García, where she studied, created, and exhibited her art from 1949 until 1962. From there, her formal signature emerged as she developed a timeless partnership with the qualities of painting. Kohen and her family left Uruguay in 1973 when a dictatorship rose to power; the displacement Kohen endured prompted her to focus on working in series - producing an ever evolving, intimate reflection on her daily life. In 2018, Kohen received the National Prize for Visual Arts, and held a retrospective exhibition of her paintings at the Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo.
As its title suggests, Spare Room p resents the underlying memory of something long gone that permeates Kohen's seventy-year-long memoir. Having lived a life colored by uncertainty and departure, painting was Kohen's way to pin down the last trace of a memory before it disappeared from the world. Her 2005 painting-installation, El Gran Biombo, welcomes the spectator into the meticulously painted corridors of her home. During isolation Kohen reflected on her major installation, assembling an abundance of drawings which exercise a more minimal approach to depicting her home. Collectively, the exhibited works define her earnest and autobiographical approach to confronting the implications of image-making. Offering a new entry-point into the artist's compendious record of her personal life.