Heather Gaudio Fine Art, a contemporary art gallery in New Canaan, will host "Another Blank Space," an exhibition featuring recent works by Cora Cohen.

Opening Oct. 11, the show will feature paintings, works on paper and the debut of five new pieces: "Another Blank Space," "Outside Nature," "Curtain 4," "If I Weren't" and "After Fall."

There will be a reception for Cohen from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 11.

"We are excited to exhibit an artist such as Cora Cohen in our gallery," Gaudio said. "Her work brings a unique lens to abstraction and, as such, she has an influential impact on contemporary art."

The exhibition will run through Nov. 29.

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Cohen is a New York artist known for paintings that draw on contemporary urban and philosophical sources. Her work, "Curtain," exhibited at the New York's American Academy of Arts and Letters in the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts 2012, received a purchase award from the American Academy. It has been acquired by the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, N.Y.

Cohen's paintings are based on improvisatory and gestural procedures. Her recent paintings are mediations on actual artifacts, often the syllabary, logograms and pictograms of Linear B script.

"I feel more clearly than ever that my work derives sustenance from the placement of culture within nature ... ," Cohen said. "During the past several years I have begun paintings with that particular attitude."

Cohen began exhibiting in New York in the 1970s, and in the '80s began exhibiting nationally and internationally.

Her works have been written about extensively in various publications including The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, ArtNet Magazine, openpr.de and artcritical.com.

Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Swedish State Art Council, The Weatherspoon Art Museum and Yale University.

Cohen's recent awards include a Gottlieb Foundation Award, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program Award, and The Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency Award in Montauk, N.Y.

She has received awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the NEA, the New York State Council for the Arts, and Yaddo.

In June 2011, a solo exhibition of Cohen's "Altered X Rays" -- a continually evolving project begun in the early '90s -- took place at the Field Institute Hombroich in Neuss, Germany. In early 2012, a solo exhibition of Cora Cohen's recent works on paper took place at D.M. Allison art in Houston.

Born in New York City in 1943, Cohen studied at Bennington College with Paul Feeley and Richard Haas. She has lectured at many institutions, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, Columbia University, and the New York Studio School.

She currently maintains a studio in Long Island City, N.Y., and lives in Long Island City with her husband, Peter Arnold.

Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 21 South Ave. specializes in both emerging, and established artists. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.