Liz Cohen

Born: 1973, Phoenix, Arizona

Resides: Phoenix, Arizona


Master of fine Arts, Photography, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA – 2000

Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA – 1996

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, cum laude with high thesis honors, Tufts University, Medford, MA – 1996

Solo Exhibitions


(upcoming) Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ


(upcoming) David Klein Gallery, Detroit MI


Cranbrook Art Museum, ‘Him’, Bloomfield Hills, MI


David Klein Gallery, Liz Cohen ‘On the River Road: from Presidio to Terlingua’, Birmingham, MI

Land of Tomorrow, Liz Cohen ‘Routine Labor’, Louisville, KY


Salon 94, Liz Cohen ‘Trabantimino’, New York, NY

Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, ‘Liz Cohen: Zwickau Routine’, Tucson, AZ


El Paso Museum of Art, ‘Liz Cohen: The Builder and the Bikini Model’, El Paso, TX


Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas, Liz Cohen‘No Room for Baggage’, El Paso, TX


Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, FR


Färgfabriken, Liz Cohen ‘BODYWORK, The Gender Turntable’, Stockholm, SE


Modern Culture, Liz Cohen ‘Bikini Carwash’, New York, NY


Manolo Garcia Gallery, Liz Cohen ‘Magically Yours’; in collaboration with Catalina Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA


Akademie Schloss Solitude, Liz Cohen ‘Neurotic Transbant (The Beginning)’, Stuttgart, DE

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Liz Cohen ‘Magically Yours’; in collaboration with Catalina Rodriguez, Stuttgart, DE

Spanganga, Liz Cohen ‘Bikini Carwash’, San Francisco, CA


Detour 888, Liz Cohen ‘Interview 9802: Liza Minelli, A Problem In Translation’, San Francisco, CA


San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Liz Cohen ‘Canal’, San Francisco, CA

Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Gallery, California College of Arts and Crafts, Liz Cohen ‘Canal’, San Francisco, CA


Group Exhibitions


Visionaire/The Gallery at Cadillac House, ‘Visionaire Racing (working title)’, New York, NY

Der Grief/Unseen Amsterdam, ‘Thread Count’, Amsterdam, NL


Embassy, ‘Together/Alone’, Los Angeles, CA

Galerie Laurent Godin, ’10 Years // 10 Ans’, Paris, FR


Art Basel, ‘Our Hidden Futures’, Miami Beach, FL

David Klein Gallery, ‘First Show’, Detroit, MI

Bolinas Art Museum, ‘Self Made’, Bolinas, CA


Site Santa Fe, ‘SITElines: Unsettled Landscapes’, Santa Fe, NM

Marianne Boesky Gallery, ‘Another Look at Detroit’, New York, NY

Pitzer College Art Galleries, ‘Racial Imaginary’, Claremont, CA

Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, ‘Wrong’s What I Do Best’, San Francisco, CA

The Bruce High Quality Foundation, ‘The Last Brucennial’, New York, NY


Anonymous Gallery, Commercial Break, Mexico City, MX

Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, ‘Art X’, Detroit, MI

Scarab Club, ‘Woman Image Hot’, Detroit, MI

Public Pool, ‘Contorted’, Hamtramck, MI


Eric Firestone Gallery, ‘Parts and Service’, East Hampton, NY

ShowStudio, ‘Selling Sex’, London, UK


Ballroom Marfa, ‘Autobody’, Marfa, TX

Museum Tinguely, ‘Car Fetish. I Drive Therefore I Am’, Basel, CH

Centre de Arte Contemporain, Maymec, ‘Femme Objet / Femme Sujet’, Meymac, FR

Cranbrook Art Museum, ‘No Object Is an Island’, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, ‘here’, Philadelphia, PA

David Klein Gallery, ‘Liz Cohen, Brittany Nelson, Lauren Semivan’, Birmingham, MI

54th Venice Biennale, Venice, ‘Commercial Break’, Garage Projects, Venice, IT


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ‘SMFA Traveling Scholars’, Boston, MA

Ronald Feldman Gallery, ‘Resurrectine’, New York, NY

David Klein Gallery, ‘Drive’, Birmingham, MI

PLAySPACE, ‘There’s a way in which…’, San Francisco, CA


Gallery Diet, ‘Second Skin’, Miami, FL

Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, ‘Hall of Mirrors’, Tempe, AZ


Färgfabriken Norr, ‘Teleport Färgfabriken’, Östersund, SE

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Car Culture’, Scottsdale, AZ

Center, ‘18’’, Berlin, DE

Lawrimore Project, ‘The Terrible Twos: A Lawrimore Project Biennial’, Seattle, WA


Oakland Museum of California, ‘Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA’, Oakland, CA

Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Chopped, Chromed, and Customized’, Santa Fe, NM

Galeria de la Raza, ‘No Distance Is More Awesome’, San Francisco, CA

Real Art Ways, ‘50,000 Beds’, Hartford, CT


Ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo, ‘FUORI USO 2006 – ALTERED STATES: Are You Experienced’, Pescara, IT (Travelling Exhibition)

Veleterzní Palác/National Gallery, ‘Tina b.: The Prague Contemporary Art Festival (Same Same But Different)’, Prague, CZ

Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis and Pence Gallery, ‘Joint Venture: Selections from the Dr. Barry S. Ramer Collection and Other Photographs’, Davis, CA

Lawrimore Project, ‘This Is Gallery’, Seattle, WA

The Nathan Cummings Foundation, ‘www dot creative-capital dot org’, New York, NY

Disjecta, ‘Haunted’; in collaboration with Jackie Sumell as Pizzeria Chinois Portland, OR


Quang Gallery, ‘Eau, Water, and Wasser’, Paris, FR

Parkeergarage De Appelaar, ‘SCAR’, Haarlem, NL

Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, ‘Bay Area Now 4’, San Francisco, CA

De Bond, ‘Boost In the Shell (The Pursued)’, Brugge, BE


Balazo Mission Badlands Gallery, ‘Connections’, San Francisco, CA


Galerie K & S, ‘Parallel Worlds’, Berlin, DE

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, ‘Openings’, San Francisco, CA

Galeria de la Raza, ‘Viology’, San Francisco, CA


Bibliography: Books


Chad Allligood, ‘On the River Road: From Presidio to Terlingua’, Bloomfield Hills: David Klein Gallery


Gregory Wittkopp, ‘No Object is an Island’, Bloomfield Hills: Cranbrook Art Museum

Julian Robson, ‘here’, Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Hartmut Bohme, ‘Car Fetish: I Drive Therefore I Am’, Heidelburg: Kehrer Verlag


Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox, and Chon A. Noriega, ‘Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement’, Los Angeles: University of California Press

Jan Åman and Carlmichael Von Hauswolf, ‘Teleport Färgfabriken: We Did Everything Wrong’, Stockholm: Färgabriken

Liz Cohen, ‘Radical Mod Magazine’, Scottsdale: Scottsdale Public Art


Nicolas Bourriaud and Paolo Falcone, ‘FUORIUSO”06 Altered States: are you experienced’, Pescara: Arte Nova

‘Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA’, San Francisco: Wilsted and Taylor

‘50,000 Beds’, Connecticut: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Artspace, and Real Artways

Pierre Denan, ‘1680 Grams of Art’, Paris: M19

Liz Cohen, ‘The 5 P’s: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance’, Paris: onestar press


Edward Booth-Clibborn and Nan Ellin, ‘Phoenix: 21st Century City’, United Kingdom: Booth-Clibborn Editions

Liz Cohen, ‘lizcohenbodywork’, Paris: onestar press and Galerie Laurent Godin

‘Boost in the Shell: The Persued’, Brugge: Culturcentrum BRGGE


‘Bay Area Now 4’, San Francisco: Yerba Buena Center For the Arts


Miriam Bers, ‘Parallel Worlds’, Berlin: Fine Arts Unternehmen Books


Bibliography: Newspapers and Magazines



BJ Hammerstein, ‘Art X Artist Spotlight: Liz Cohen’ in: Detroit Free Press, April 7, 2013



Suzanne Chesler, in: Detroit Jewish News

Stacey Georgen, ‘Auto Body of Work’, in: Hamptons Magazine, August 24, 2012

Zoe Pilger, ‘Visual Arts: Selling Sex’, in: The Independent, London, April 19, 2012

Holland Cotter, ‘On an Island, Worker Bees Fill a Long White Hive’, in: The New York Times, May 5, 2012



Tamara Warren, “East German El Camino’, in: Automobile, January 2011

Kate Bonansinga, ‘Object Lesson: Liz Cohen’, in: Art Lies – A Contemporary Art Journal, Spring/Summer 2011



Karen Rosenberg, ‘Liz Cohen: Trabantimino’, in: The New York Times, October 29, 2010

Michael Wilson, ‘Liz Cohen, Trabantimino’, in: Time Out New York, October 28 – November 3, 2010

Stephanie Buhmann, ‘Leaves Fall as Bowery Art Scene Experiences Renewal’, in: The Villager, October 14 – 20, 2010

Fabienne Stephan, ‘On Tools and Bikinis, or the Voyage of Liz Cohen’, in: Fantom Photographic Quarterly, Issue 03 -Spring 2010



Jen Graves, ‘Why Amelia Jones Is Wrong About Liz Cohen – Regarding Bikinis and Feminism: a rebuttal’, in: The Stranger, September 9, 2008

Eric Smillie, ‘Auto Erotic’, in: Make Magazine, Volume 14

‘Funk-tional Transformation’, in: Latino Perspectives, January 2008

Scott Andrews, ‘Car Culture at SMoCA’, in: Java, January 2008



Isabelle Ringer, ‘Art Review: Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA’, in: Piedmont Post, November 14, 2007

Christopher Hall, ‘Where ‘Art’ Has Met ‘Craft’ for 100 Years’, in: The New York Times, November 11, 2007

Jen Graves, ‘Liz Cohen Interviewed by Jen Graves’, in: The Believer, November/December 2007

Holly Myers, ‘’Body Double’: Through a Lens Starkly’, in: Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2007

Kathaleen Roberts, ‘Chrome Becomes Canvas’, in: Albuquerque Journal, August 24, 2007

Paul Weideman, ‘Getting Low and Arty’, in: Pasatiempo, August 24 – 30, 3007

Zane Fischer, ‘Transformers!’, in: The Santa Fe Reporter, August 29, 2007

Benjamin Genoccio, ‘Hotel Rooms Set the Scene, and 45 Artists Star’, in: The New York Times, August 5, 2007

Adrian Brune, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, in: The Hartford Courant, July 22, 2007

Linda Yablonsky, ‘Hotel Rooms Become Overnight Stars’, in: The New York Times, July 8, 2007

Todd Hoover, ‘In Paradise: Art Abounds, and So Do Artists’, in: Paradise Valley Independent: At Home in Paradise, Spring of 2007

Kimberly Chun, ‘Balazo KO?’, in: San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 5 – 11, 2007

Lisa LaMotta and Alex C. Pasquariello, ‘It Sure Beats the NEA’, in: Fast Company, May 2007

Jori Finkel, ‘Saying the F-Word’, in: ARTnews, February 2007



Friederike Güsefeld, ‘Bodywork’, in: Sleek (Germany), Winter 2006/2007

Regina Hackett, ‘Knockout Work by a Trio of Young Artists’,in: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 27, 2006

Marilena Astrapellou, ‘My Lowrider – Liz Cohen’, in: Intersection Magazine, Fall 2006

Megan Irwin, ‘Hard Body’, in: Phoenix New Times, October 5 – 11, 2006

Maria Milén, ‘Intervju: Bilbyggande bikinibrud’, in: Femkul (Stockholm), 2/2006

David Spataro, ‘Bodyshop’, Readymade, Aug/Sept 2006

Xerxes Cook, ‘pimp my ride: Liz Cohen takes a torch to the macho world of lowriding’, in: Tank (London), v4 issue 5, 2006

Klas Ringdahl, ‘Bil – Och Kroppsbyggareiett’, in: Motor Magasinet (Stockholm), January 25, 2006

Stephanie Cash, ‘REPORT FROM SAN FRANCISCO II: New and Now’, in: Art in America, January 2006



‘Nelson and Pence Unite for Exhibit’, in: Daily Democrat (Woodland, California), January 5, 2005

Lara Taubman, ‘Pimp My Ride: Artist Liz Cohen’s ‘Bodyworks’’,in: Java (Phoenix monthly), December 2005

Ulrika Stahre, ‘Arbete, Kropp, Subkultur’, in: Aftonbladet (Stockholm), November 30, 2005

‘Biltillverkning i könsperspektiv’, in: TT Spectra (Sweden), November 21, 2005

Aimee Le Duc, ‘Bay Area Now 4’, in: Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Fall/Winter 2005

Kenneth Baker, ‘Review: Cross Section of Bay Area Artists’ Work Highlights the Chasm Between Creators and the Crowd’, in: San Francisco Chronicle, July 30, 2005

Glen Helfand, ‘Community Drift’, in: The San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 27 – August 2, 2005

‘Lil’ ‘Now’ Wow’, in: The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Clark Buckner, July 13 – 19, 2005

Bill Picture, ‘Here and ‘Now’’, in: The San Francisco Examiner, July 12, 2005



Jessie Nelson, ‘Liz Cohen’, in: Venus, Winter 2004 – 2005, p. 25

Joseph Gallivan, ‘Portland Ups Its Art Ante’, in: The Portland Tribune (Portland, Oregon), October 8, 2004

Ryan Dirks, ‘Get a Room’, in: The Portland Mercury (Portland, Oregon), September 30, 2004, p. 14

Eve Thérond, ‘New York: Les ‘autos portraits’ de Liz Cohen’, in: Photo (France), September 2004



Zucca Alessandelli, ‘Art: Women and Cars’, in: Label (Italy), ” Winter 2003/2004

Jonathan Keats, ‘High-Performance Artist’, in: Wired, July 2003



Kate Fowle, ‘San Francisco’, in: Contemporary, June/July/August 2002



Claudia Cuello, ‘Gente: ‘Personaje: Liz Cohen Ibanez’, in: El Heraldo (Barranquilla, Colombia), September 22, 2001

Liz Cohen, ‘Operation Puta’, in: Shades Of Contradiction, Summer 2001

Mark Van Proyen, ‘Liz Cohen and Sandra Wong At the San Francisco Commission Gallery’, in: Artweek , February 2001

Lindsey Westbrook, ‘In the Margins: Two Faces Of Panama City In Liz Cohen’s Photo Show’, in: East Bay Express, January 12, 2001



‘Eight Days a Week: Two To Watch’, in: The San Francisco Bay Guardian, December 6 – 12, 2000


Bibliography: Electronic Media


Hannah Elliot, ‘Eric Firestone Opens Parts and Service in East Hampton’, in: Forbes, August 14, 2012

Jerry Saltz, ‘Saltz: Why the Frieze Art Fair Could Solve the New York Art Fair Problem’, in: New York Magazine,

May 5, 2012

‘Video: See Highlights From the Inagural Frieze Art Fair’, in: ArtInfo, May 3, 2012

Michael Miller, ‘At Salon 94’s Frieze Booth, Liz Cohen’s Eastern Bloc Lowrider’, in: Gallerist NY, May 4, 2012

Anna-Maria Pfab, ‘Selling Sex, the Women’s Choices’, La Lettre de la Photographie, April 24, 2012,


Jerry Saltz, ‘Jerry Saltz’s Work of Art Recap: Elimination Heartlbreak’, in: New York Magazine, December 1, 2011

Sarah Margoles-Pineo, ‘Yes, That is a Car Seat in my Low Rider: An Interview with Liz Cohen’, in: Bad at Sports, November 3, 2011

Melanie McWhorter, ‘The Punctuation of Photobooks’, in: Ahorn Magazine, Issue 7


Brienne Walsh, ‘Liz Cohen’s Car Culture’, in: Art in America, November 4, 2010

Linda Yablonsky, ‘The Amazing Collapsable Family Muscle Car’, in: T Magazine Blog: Artifacts, October 29, 2010

Jen Graves, ‘Liz Cohen’s Car Is Finally Finished, and Showing’, in: SLOG, October 29, 2010

‘The Well Photographed Tool’, in: Dinosaurs and Robots, October 29, 2010

Mark Lamster, ‘Trabantimino’, in: Mark Lamster Blog, October 25, 2010

Liza Bear, ‘At Salon 94, the East German Trabant Gets a Stretch in Liz Cohen’s Trabantimino’, in: Artforum Video

Lindsay Pollack, ‘On the Road: London’s Frieze Week’, in: Art Market Views, October 21, 2010

Liza Bear, ‘Liz Cohen: Trabantimino’, in: BOMBLOG, October 15, 2010

Tamara Warren, ‘The Trabantimino: The Art of Building a Trabant Lowrider’, in: The New York Times Wheels Blog

‘Liz Cohen: Zwickau Routine’, in: Hearsight

Pedro Velez, ‘Close It, Sell It, Make Something New’, in: artnet, May 2010


Jen Graves, ‘Seattle in Miami’, in: SLOG, December 13, 2007

David Knowles, ‘bodywork’, in: Men’s Vogue, August 29, 2007

Lara Taubman, ‘Studio Visit: Lara Taubman visits Liz Cohen in Phoenix, AZ’, in:, July 14, 2007

Florencia Varela, ‘Liz Cohen: Transformational Art’, in: Behance, April 13, 2007


Lara Taubman, ‘Auto-Metamorphosis’, in: Magazine, November 21, 2006

Anne-Lou Vincente, ‘Liz Cohen, Bodywork’, in: Paris Art, September 2006

Jen Graves, ‘Regional Roundup: Seattle’, in: Artinfo, August 21, 2006


Eva-Lotta Jansson, ‘The AI Interview: Liz Cohen’, in: Artinfo, December 29, 2005

Helena Keeffe, ‘Familar Audio Tour (YBCA Visitors Listen To Don Barsollotti Talk About the Work Of Liz Cohen)’, July 2005

Reyhan Harmanci, ‘Bay Beats: Bay Area Now 4’, in: The San Francisco Chronicle, July 13, 2005

‘Art News’, in: Magazine, February 22, 2005


Leah Modigliani, ‘Marketing the Mission: Commodifying San Francisco’s Art, The ‘Mission School,’ and the Problem Of Regionalism’, in: Stretcher, October 2004

Josh Greene, ‘Douglas Weathersby At the Green Street Gallery, Car Wash and More’, in: Some Other Magazine, October 2004

Charlie Finch, ‘Cheap Thrills’, in: Magazine, September 2, 2004


Bibliography: Radio/Television


‘Work of Art – Episode 7: La Dolce Arte’, Bravo (New York); November 30, 2011; guest judge


Cameron Phillips and Kelly Ryan, ‘Freestyle’, CBC Radio One (Vancouver, Canada); December 22, 2005; radio interview