Writings by David Cohen

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.


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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


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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


Pierre Obando, Edits, 2008-09. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

Pierre Obando at Rush Arts Gallery


Pierre Obando at Rush Arts Gallery


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Leon Kossoff: From the Early Years 1957-1967 at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


Commensurate with their disconcerting depth, Kossoff’s early paintings are literally and metaphorically heavy. The defiant sweeps of brush resemble nothing so much as tire tracks on a sodden road.


Leon Kossoff, Seated Woman, 1957. Oil on board, 61 x 36-5/8 inches

Leon Kossoff at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


Leon Kossoff at Mitchell-Innes & Nash