Writings by David Cohen

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Claire Weiss (1966-2010)


Clare Weiss, who was Curator of Public Art at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation from 2005-2009, was a determined and enterprising champion of art in public places.  She passed away January 11, aged 43, after a protracted battle with breast cancer which began in 2006. Weiss came to art relatively late in…


Montserrat Caballé, 1995. Oil on linen, 84 x 72 inches. Courtesy the Artist and Fischbach Gallery

Carl Plansky (1951-2009)


Last weekend, a week before the close of his exhibition at the New York Studio School, Carl Planksy died of a heart attack while driving to his home in upstate New York.  Planksy was best known for his painterly, expressionistic landscapes and still lifes worked from life in exuberant brushstrokes and rich colors.  His show…


Chie Fueki Ron, 2009. Acrylic and mixed media on paper on wood, 60 by 72 inches. Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Mr. Warren’s Profession


In the back room at the Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea, a Norman Foster glass and steel table struggles to keep up with the streamlined efficiency and grace of its occupant: a svelte, always impeccably attired gentleman who demurely works away with elegance and diligence. This is Ron Warren.  First time visitors sometimes wonder if,…


John Currin. The Hobo, 1999. Oil on canvas, 40 x 32 in. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase, Contemporary Collectors Fund. Photographer: Pablo Mason.

Paint Made Flesh at the Phillips Collection


Paint Made Flesh at the Phillips Collection, and other shows this summer, reveal a love affair between a material painters use and the material all of us are.


Books in Brief


NAMIES AND NEWBIES: THE KRAMARSKY COLLECTION 560 Broadway A New York Drawing Collection at Work 1991-2006, edited by Amy Eshoo, with contributions by Derrick R.Cartwright, James Cuno, Elizabeth Finch, Josef Helfenstein, Glenn D. Lowry, David Mickenberg, Ann Philbin, Earl A. Powell III, Jock Reynolds, and Townsend Wolfe.  Fifth Floor Foundation in Association with Yale University Press,…


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Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo


One of art historian Leo Steinberg’s hobby horses  is the way the literature of art generates interpretations that are autonomous of the images being described.  What is written about a work can spin false leads and confused trails that looking directly at the work ought to dispel.  Just as this happens with the historical interpretation of…


Gustave Caillebotte, The Floor Scrapers, 1876. Oil on canvas, 31-1/2 x 39-3/8 inches. Private collection

Gustave Caillebotte at the Brooklyn Museum


GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM


Robert C. Morgan, Veksö III, 1971. Acrylic on paper, 23-¼ x 16-¼ inches, Courtesy Björn Ressle Gallery

Robert C. Morgan at Björn Ressle


Robert C. Morgan at Björn Ressle Gallery


Linda Francis, Don Voisine, Joan Waltemath, Michael Zahn at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, and Jennifer Riley: To Be A Thing In This World at LaViolaBank Gallery


In each picture, there is a sense that the overt structure is a kind of plan for the making of the work, while the work is the exposition of that plan. But, at the same time, the work is more than its own plan.


Fran O'Neil, Reel, 2009. Oil on canvas, 74 x 60 inches

Fran O’Neil at John Davis Gallery


Fran O’Neil at John Davis Gallery