Writings by David Cohen

James Hyde, Big Sample (Davis), 2006. Acrylic sign painter's enamel on vinyl digital print (stretched), 112 x 150 inches. Courtesy of Pierogi 2000

Billboard Syncopations: James Hyde at the Boiler Room (Pierogi 2000)


The Stuart Davis Group are high jinks riffs on that jazzy pioneer’s painterly syncopations.


Mark di Suvero, Nova Albion, 1964-65. Steel and wood, 24 x 20 x 27 feet. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Ellen Page Wilson.

Engineering Optimism: Mark di Suvero at Paula Cooper Gallery


Soaring forms engender a fearless sense of conquest


John Giorno, Just Say No To Family Values, 2009. Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery

Twister: John Giorno at Nicole Klagsbrun


In his debut art show the septuagenerian poet shows wittily and nihilistically twisted truisms


Alex Katz, Anna Wintour, 2009. Oil on canvas, 60 x 84 inches. Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery

Warm for Wintour: Alex Katz at the National Portrait Gallery


“September Issue” star Anna Wintour is coaxed into shedding her trademark shades


Avigdor Arikha, Summer Day, Indoors, 1991.  Oil on canvas, 57-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches.  Private Collection, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery.

A light touch forged in darkness: Avigdor Arikha, 1929-2010


Quiet work belies its passionate author.


Suzan Frecon, embodiment of red (soforouge), 2009. Oil on linen, two panels, each 54 x 87-1/2 inches. Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery

Seeing Red


Suzan Frecon, currently showing works on paper at David Zwirner, was reviewed at the 2010 Whitney Biennial,


Lisa Abbot Canfield, Untitled 2008-10. Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, on view from Friday at the artist’s second solo show at Jason Rulnick, Inc. 230 Fifth Avenue, Suite 809, at Madison Square.

Lisa Abbott-Canfield at Jason Rulnick


This was an artcritical PIC in March 2010.


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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,…