Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
James Cohan, owner of James Cohan Gallery, has been active in the contemporary art world for over twenty years as a curator, advisor, artist agent and art dealer. Throughout his career, he has represented a prestigious roster of living artists, artist estates and has sold numerous important works to art museums and major private collections in Europe, the United States and Asia. Cohen worked for John Weber Gallery and then served as the Director of Paula Copper Gallery, working with Robert Gober, Joel Shapiro, Carl Andre, Donald Judd and the Estate of Tony Smith. Subsequently, Cohen served as Senior Director at Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London until he moved back to New York to establish 242 Inc. in partnership with Anthony d’Offay. In 1999 he opened James Cohan Gallery, and in 2002 the gallery moved to its present location in Chelsea. The gallery represents Ingrid Calame, Folkert de Jong, Simon Evans, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Yun-Fei Ji, Richard Long, Beatriz Milhazes, Bill Owens, Nam, June Paik, Roxy Paine, Richard Patterson, Alan Saret, Hiraki Sawa, Yinka Shonibare MBE, The Estate of Robert Smithson, Erick Swenson, Tabaimo, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Tomaselli, Bill Viola, Wim Wenders and Xu Zhen. Cohan serves on the board of Independent Curators International and Art 21.