Writings by David Cohen

Diana Al-Hadid: Reverse Collider at Perry Rubenstein Gallery


Al-Hadid has been hooked on towers for several years now, involved in what can be taken as a reverse Watts Towers syndrome — instead of transforming found, non-art materials to create an aspirational edifice, she deploys considerable artistry to depict with a literalist intensity state of the art, fabricated structures in a frozen instant of failure.


Robert Bordo, the studio, 2013. Oil on linen, 25 x 20 inches. photo: Joerg Lohse. On view in the artist’s 2013 exhibition, Three Point Turn, March 16 to April 27 at Alexander and Bonin

Robert Bordo: it’s always raining at Alexander and Bonin


His new exhibition, Three Point Turn, is on view through April 27


John Ashbery: Collages at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Mario Naves: Postcards from Florida at Elizabeth Harris Gallery and Trevor Winkfield at Tibor de Nagy Gallery


Is there something intrinsic to the appeal of collage to writers — to moving bits of paper around in startling, revelatory juxtapositions? The coincidence of two shows of collages by writers of markedly different ilk – a sometime poet laureate and a member of the third estate – begs the question.


Philip Pearlstein, Model on Wooden Lounge with Swan, 2013. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery

Philip Pearlstein: Then and Now at Betty Cuningham Gallery


As his new show continues at the same venue, a topical pick from 2008


Phoebe Washburn: Locating Propriety in the Inappropriate


Because it is a zany exploration of progress and decay, this is a work that, by its very nature, will unfold and only fully realize itself with the passage of time


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Cy Twombly at Tate Modern


His London retrospective, organized by Nicholas Serota


Dawn Mellor at Team


Dawn Mellor: A Curse on Your Walls Team Gallery until August 8 83 Grand St., between Greene and Wooster streets, 212-279-9219 The Surrealist writer André Breton once declared that beauty would have to become convulsive, otherwise it would cease to be. As if in late vindication of this injunction, the paintings of Dawn Mellor set…


Milton Resnick at Cheim & Read


There is a weird sense of a form searing its way through the canvas, from left to right, an accumulation of atomic energy boiling up the space it penetrates, making it a Monet for the nuclear age. It almost becomes tempting to read the image in cartoon-like graphic terms, or like a Futurist depiction of movement.


Catherine Murphy at Knoedler & Company


The motifs of her seven paintings and four drawings are diverse to the point of perversity, suggesting the kind of mind drawn less to things than problems. What is consistent across these images is the sense of a fanatical empiricist picking quarrels with the perceived world.


Delia Brown: Precious at D’Amelio Terras, Hilary Harness at Mary Boone


Hilary Harkness shares with Sade not just the pathology to which the Marquis lent his name but also an essential element of style — endless variation, at once exhilerating and enervating, upon an obsessive theme.