Skip to main content
52 Walker Street, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10013

Also at:
48 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013
212 714 9500
In the fall of 1999, James Cohan opened on West 57th Street with an exhibition of early work by Gilbert and George. The gallery moved to Chelsea in 2002 with a group show including Fred Tomaselli, Phillip Taaffe, and Harry Smith. James Cohan's diverse programming includes solo exhibitions of artists and two thematic group exhibitions every year.

 James Cohan Gallery operated an additional location in Shanghai, China from 2008 through 2015. This space introduced American and European contemporary art to a Chinese audience and also introduced a selection of Chinese artists to the gallery’s programs in New York and Shanghai. 

 James Cohan Gallery opened a second New York location in November 2015. Its inaugural exhibition in the Lower East Side was an exhibition of early Robert Smithson drawings. This additional location allows the gallery to expand its ambitious programming with focused and experimental exhibitions of gallery artists. 

 Over the past four years, the gallery has welcomed new artists Firelei Báez, Kathy Butterly, Omer Fast, Federico Herrero, Mernet Larsen, Josiah McElheny, the Estate of Lee Mullican, The Propeller Group, Matthew Ritchie, Elias Sime, and Grace Weaver to its program, reinforcing its commitment to championing artists whose work, for all its rich disparity, is fundamentally grounded in rigorous engagement with physical and ideological place. Each artist in the gallery program seeks to re-imagine contemporary human experience by engaging critically with historical precedent while negotiating identity through materiality and process. 

 In September 2019, James Cohan presented an exhibition of new work by Josiah McElheny at 48 Walker Street. This was the artist’s debut solo exhibition with James Cohan and inaugurates the gallery’s new Tribeca flagship location. In November, James Cohan celebrated its 20th Anniversary with an exhibition of new and important work by gallery artists across both locations.
Artists Represented:
Helene Appel
Firelei Báez
Kathy Butterly
Simon Evans
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Omer Fast
Spencer Finch
Gauri Gill
Michelle Grabner
Gauri Gill
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Federico Herrero
Yun-Fei Ji
Byron Kim
Mernet Larsen
Richard Long
Teresa Margolles
Estate of Lee Mullican
Christopher Myers
Jordan Nassar
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Scott Olson
Eamon Ore-Giron
Katie Paterson
The Propeller Group
Matthew Ritchie
Hiraki Sawa
Yinka Shonibare CBE
Elias Sime
Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Fred Tomaselli
Bill Viola
Grace Weaver

Online Programming

Federico Herrero

Federico Herrero sees paintings everywhere, from street curbs and traffic signs to the painted trees and stones which proliferate in his native San José, Costa Rica. It is this examination of how color, shapes and signs define the urban environment that is vital to his practice as a painter. Herrero is best known for working on an operatic scale, regularly exhibiting immersive, site-specific wall paintings, monumental canvases, and cast concrete sculptures. In striking contrast, these intimately scaled canvases and monotypes create a rich, distilled vocabulary that explores the sensory and pictorial properties of Herrero’s painting and image making.

Current Exhibition

Gauri Gill

October 7, 2021 - November 13, 2021

Upcoming Exhibitions

Grace Weaver

November 20, 2021 - December 18, 2021

Emeka Ogboh

Notes on Exile

October 28, 2021 - December 18, 2021

Past Exhibitions

Alison Elizabeth Taylor

Future Promise

September 9, 2021 - October 9, 2021

NXTHVN 2020-2021 Fellows

Un/Common Proximity

June 12, 2021 - August 13, 2021
James Cohan is proud to present Un/Common Proximity, a group exhibition featuring the works of the 2020-2021 NXTHVN Studio Fellowship artists: Allana Clarke, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Jeffrey Meris, Ilana Savdie, and Vincent Valdez. The exhibition is on view at the gallery’s Tribeca location, 48 Walker St, from June 12 through August 13. Un/Common Proximity is curated by 2020-2021 NXTHVN Curatorial Fellow, Claire Kim.

Eamon Ore-Giron

The Symmetry of Tears

May 1, 2021 - June 5, 2021

Elias Sime

March 19, 2021 - April 24, 2021

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Mirror-works and Drawings (2004-2016)

January 29, 2021 - March 6, 2021
James Cohan is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, on view from January 29 through March 6 at 48 Walker Street and January 29 through February 27 at 291 Grand Street. The exhibition will span both of the gallery’s locations, with a presentation of two major sculptural series in Tribeca and a selection of the artist’s geometric drawings and Convertible sculptures in the Lower East Side. This is the late artist’s first exhibition with James Cohan.

Mernet Larsen

December 1, 2020 - January 23, 2021

Fred Tomaselli

October 23, 2020 - November 21, 2020

Trenton Doyle Hancock

Something American

September 17, 2020 - August 17, 2020

Grace Weaver


July 15, 2020 - September 12, 2020
James Cohan is pleased to present STEPS, an exhibition of new work by Grace Weaver, on view from July 15 through September 12 at 48 Walker St and September 13 at 291 Grand St. The exhibition will span both of the gallery’s locations, with a body of new paintings in Tribeca and a selection of the artist’s drawings in the Lower East Side. This is Weaver’s second solo exhibition at James Cohan. Both exhibitions are accessible by contactless appointment only. Please visit our website, call +1 212 714 9500 or email to book an appointment.

Nam June Paik

May 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020
James Cohan is pleased to present a selection of work by Nam June Paik. Our online viewing room showcases three of the artist's iconic sculptures, Main Channel Matrix, Music is Not Sound, and TV Service Robot. With a prolific output that included manipulated TV sets, video wall installations, live performances, single-channel videos, and global television broadcasts, Paik balanced a Utopian philosophy with a technical pragmatism and subversive sense of humor, creating artworks that drew on chance encounters between ideas, the object and the public. Paik emphasized that it is the artist's role in society to re-envision technology in the service of culture. His ideas resonate now, more than ever, as we conduct much of our lives virtually, partaking in Paik's vision of a "global village."


XU ZHEN® Online Exhibition

April 29, 2020 - May 29, 2020
Visit our online viewing room to explore the provocative world of XU ZHEN®, whose sculptures intervene with cultural assumptions and taboos within a context of exchange between contemporary China and the west. Manipulating visual cues tied to western expectations of Chinese art and commerce, the artist’s works engage with—and often playfully transgress—the value systems and economic forces that shape perceptions of history and social difference in a globalized world. This online presentation has been organized on the occasion of ETERNITY vs EVOLUTION, the artist’s current retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. The viewing room features a video tour of the exhibition led by Peter Johnson, Curatorial and Programs Coordinator.

ParticSimon Evans™, Mernet Larsen, Josiah McElheny, Lee Mullican, Katie Paterson, Matthew Ritchie, and Fred Tomaselli.

Cosmologies Online Exhibition

April 22, 2020 - May 22, 2020
“A reset button for the universe pressed only once.” This phrase is from the artist Katie Paterson’s poignant Ideas series. Nowadays, we wonder if only. Robert Fludd, the 16th century Hermetic philosopher, was among the first to identify the relationship between the microcosmic and the macrocosmic. Fludd expressed the impulse to qualify and quantify the inherent link between man and the universe. As we now grapple for our place in the larger order of things and reckon with the contemporary moment, we have curated Cosmologies, a selection of our artists' approaches to matters of the universal. Participating artists include Simon Evans™, Mernet Larsen, Josiah McElheny, Lee Mullican, Katie Paterson, Matthew Ritchie, and Fred Tomaselli. In our online video feature, Josiah McElheny speaks about his Observation series, the visionary singer June Tyson, and the possibility and necessity of finding, seeing, and creating worlds unlike our own. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go toward the Food Bank for New York City.

Firelei Báez

Firelei Báez Online Exhibition

March 5, 2020 - May 30, 2020
Explore Firelei Báez's solo exhibition of new paintings in our online viewing room. Overlaying paint onto large-scale reproductions of found maps and documents, Báez casts diasporic histories into an imaginative realm, re-working visual references drawn from the past to explore new possibilities for the future. The artist populates historically-loaded representations of space with change-making creatures—whose hybrid forms incorporate folkloric and literary references, textile pattern, plantlife, and wide-ranging emblems of healing and resistance—to present fictional alternative universes. In our online video feature, Báez speaks about the exhibition, her ongoing use of found book pages, and mythologies ranging from the Dominican ciguapa to the black Atlantis developed in the techno music of Drexciya.

Firelei Báez

March 5, 2020 - May 30, 2020

Tuan Andrew Nguyen

Tuan Andrew Nguyen Online Exhibition

February 28, 2020 - May 30, 2020
We are delighted to share A Lotus in a Sea of Fire, an exhibition of new work by Tuan Andrew Nguyen, in our online viewing room. Nguyen’s work explores the power of storytelling and the folklore traditions of diasporic communities. He extracts and re-works dominant, oftentimes colonial histories and supernaturalisms into imaginative vignettes. The online presentation features a video interview with the artist sharing his thoughts on the exhibition and the making of his film The Boat People.

Teresa Margolles

El asesinato cambia el mundo / Assassination changes the world

January 10, 2020 - February 29, 2020
James Cohan is pleased to present "El asesinato cambia el mundo / Assassination changes the world," an exhibition of new work by Teresa Margolles, on view from January 10 to February 29 at 48 Walker Street. This is the artist’s debut solo exhibition at James Cohan. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist on Friday, January 10 from 6-8 PM. Teresa Margolles investigates the social and aesthetic dimensions of conflict by infusing artwork with material traces of violence and loss. For this exhibition, she has created a new body of sculpture, photography, and installation that contends with the underlying causes of death and ongoing trauma on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border. Assembled in collaboration with communities affected by violence, the objects on view examine shared experience to underscore mutual accountability within a context of commemoration and collective mourning.

James Cohan: Twenty Years

November 1, 2019 - December 20, 2019
James Cohan is pleased to present James Cohan: Twenty Years, a special group exhibition celebrating the gallery's twentieth anniversary. On view from November 1 through December 20 at James Cohan's Tribeca and Lower East Side gallery spaces, the exhibition will feature new or historical works by every artist in the current program. James Cohan will host opening receptions on Friday, November 1 from 5-7 PM at 291 Grand Street and 6-8 PM at 48 Walker Street.

Josiah McElheny

Observations at Night

September 6, 2019 - October 19, 2019