Inka Essenhigh, caricature of David Cohen, torn from a restaurant table covering, March 2008. Ballpoint pen. Courtesy of the Artist
DAVID COHEN, editor and publisher of artcritical.com, is a writer and scholar of international renown.
Formerly Gallery Director at the New York Studio School and art critic at the New York Sun, Cohen is founder-moderator of The Review Panel, the lively critics forum hosted by the National Academy Museum. The author of books, exhibition catalogues and numerous magazine and newspaper articles, he currently serves as visiting associate professor at Pratt Institute as well as teaching at other institutions.
Born in London and educated at the University of Sussex and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, David Cohen wrote for leading newspapers and magazines in England and around the world before emigrating to the United States in 1999.
His is the author of Alex Katz Collages: A catalogue raisonné (Colby College Museum of Art, 2005), Jock McFadyen: A Book about a Painter (Lund Humphries, 2001) and Henry Moore in the Bagatelle Gardens, Paris (Lund Humphries/Overlook Press, 1993). He has also written substantial catalogue essays on a number of topics, including Henry Moore's influence, national identity and British sculpture, Stanley William Hayter, C.R.W. Nevinson, the School of London painters, Lucian Freud's etchings, Judith Rothschild, Markus Lüpertz, Marc Desgrandchamps and Serban Savu.
His "Galley Going" column at the New York Sun is collected at artcritical. His work has also appeared in Art in America, New York Times Book Review, Slate, Artnet, Burlington Magazine, Apollo, Modern Painters, RA Magazine, Print Quarterly, and other publications.
Exhibitions he curated at the New York Studio School since 2001 have included William Tucker: A Drawing Retrospective; Thomas Nozkowski: Drawings; WATERCOLOR (co-curated with Susan Shatter); American Cutout; Lois Dodd: Nudes in the Landscape; Alain Kirili; Rackstraw Downes: Drawing as Part of the Process; Martha Diamond: From Three Decades; Mernet Larsen: The Geometric Figure Paintings; Four Sculptors: Chris Duncan, Geoffrey Heyworth, Karlis Rekevics, Sally Tittmann; Frank Galuszka: Paintings; and An American Abroad: Sandra Fisher and her School of London Friends.
Exhibitions he has organized elsewhere include Alex Katz Collages at Colby College, Wateville, Maine (2005), The Tipping Point at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia (2002), and Between Gesture and Gylph: Paintings by David Brody and Drew Lowenstein at Makor Arts Center, New York (2000). Cohen also organizes the annual Morton Feldman concert at the Studio School.
The Review Panel, the popular monthly forum at the National Academy, is podcast at artcritical. He was also the moderator of The Craft of Criticism, one-on-one dialogues with critics and art historians at the New York Studio School. Since 1999 his guests in these series have included Svetlana Alpers, Michael Brenson, Arthur Danto, Lance Esplund, Michael Fried, James Gardner, Dave Hickey, Ken Johnson, Michael Kimmelman, Hilton Kramer, Rosalind Krauss, Donald Kuspit, Mario Naves, Linda Nochlin, Jed Perl, Peter Plagens, Robert Rosenblum, Jerry Saltz, Irving Sandler, Peter Schjeldahl, Roberta Smith, Mark Stevens, Karen Wilkin and Alexi Worth. He has also conducted public dialogues with artists Anthony Caro, Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, Alain Kirili, and Marisol.