Simultaneously with the Museum of Modern Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the world-renowned African Ivorian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (1923 – 2014). Glenn Lowry, the director of MoMA, calls Bouabré “one of the most accomplished African artists of the last century” in the introduction to the Museum's 'survey show' that tracks the chronological arc of Bouabré's 40-year artistic career beginning roughly in 1980. Thus the MoMA show, by necessity, focuses preponderantly on earlier decades. The Ethan Cohen Gallery show, composed of pieces from the gallerist's private collection, presents more contemporary works from well into the new century when Bouabré had full control of his style and purpose.

  • The Artist Exhibits His Works (2004)

    The Artist Exhibits His Works (2004)

  • A Man Dances with a Woman of Unrivaled Beauty (2006)

    A Man Dances with a Woman of Unrivaled Beauty (2006)

    A quintessential example of Bouabré's depiction of the universal human experience, this series distills the essence of his worldview and 'globalist' perspective.

  • L'Art Africain (2008)

    L'Art Africain (2008)

    Bouabré's art practice began with a divine vision - He must document and record everything. He began by documenting his tribe, his people, and his language. In this series, L'Art Africain!, Bouabré documents various tribal sculptures.

  • The Mirror of Man (2004)

    The Mirror of Man (2004)

    This piece is a shining example of Bouabré's wit and wisdom. What is the mirror of Man? A Woman, of course.

  • Africa has not revealed all its secrets nor its magic charms (2000)

    Africa has not revealed all its secrets nor its magic charms (2000)

    Continuing with his work of documentation, this series features drawings and descriptions of various tribal artworks. The title of the series provides an insight into Bouabré's mind, suggesting that it was his duty to reveal the secrets that had yet to be uncovered.

  • Universal Beauty (2000)

    Universal Beauty (2000)

    In this series, Bouabré again presents a global vision featuring models bathing around the world.

  • The Sign of the Artist F. Bruly Bouabré (2004)

    The Sign of the Artist F. Bruly Bouabré (2004)

  • Bete Tradition, 2001

  • Bete Alphabet (2003)

    Bete Alphabet (2003)

    As part of his attempts to document everything, Bouabré created a syllabary for the language of his tribe, the Bete people. This syllabary manifested itself in these works, essentially 'flashcards' featuring the syllable's pronunciation, the character of the syllable itself, and an image of what the character represents.

  • Bete Alphabet (2003)

    Bete Alphabet (2003)

  • Universal Symbol of Attraction (2002)

    Universal Symbol of Attraction (2002)

    Bouabré certainly had a sense of humor, presented here in his Universal Symbol of Attraction (2002) series where men from around the world present their 'symbols of attraction'.

  • Scarification (2001)

    Scarification (2001)

    In this series, Bouabré documents tribal Scarifications, a traditional african ritualistic art of body modification.

  • In Love, Dive Into Oblivion to Dig Deep Into the Heart (2003)

    In Love, Dive Into Oblivion to Dig Deep Into the Heart (2003)

    This series, En amour allez-y avec l'oubliet sur tout de fouiller au fond du coeur, Bouabré merges his fascination with love with his global perspective by depicting couples from around the world with a piece of poetic advice: Give love everything you have.

  • The Weight of Humanity (2007)

    The Weight of Humanity (2007)

  • In All Humanity, there is none more sexual than... (2006)

    In All Humanity, there is none more sexual than... (2006)

  • For a World Peace! (2004)

    For a World Peace! (2004)

  • Never Refuse the Outstretched Hand (2008)

    Never Refuse the Outstretched Hand (2008)

  • The More Men are Unhappy the more they become aware of the need for universal union (2005)

    The More Men are Unhappy the more they become aware of the need for universal union (2005)

  • existe-t-il un 'sacrifice' proprea chasser les tourments du people? (is there a proper 'sacrifice' to drive away the torments of...

    existe-t-il un "sacrifice" proprea chasser les tourments du people? (is there a proper "sacrifice" to drive away the torments of the people?), 2003

  • Divine Paintings, 2007

    Divine Paintings, 2007

    In this series Bouabré examines and documents the batterns of aging fruits. As they slowly brown and rot, he likens the patterns to divine paintings and tries to gleam meaning from them.
  • The Colors of the Order of the Persecuted, 2009

    The Colors of the Order of the Persecuted, 2009

  • Bete Legend of Siamese Twins, 2008