Writings by David Cohen

Andrew Forge at Betty Cuningham Gallery


Until February 17 541 W. 25th St., between Tenth and Eleventh avenues, 212-242-2772 Andrew Forge (1923–2002) was the author of shimmering abstract paintings of intense chromatic lyricism. His canvases are constructed from an even layer of closely woven, abutting colored dots, a kind of modernist update of Georges Seurat’s pointillism. His second notational device, a…


Saint Clair Cemin, James Hyde, Jac Leirner at Sikkema Jenkins & Co


Just as Mr. Cemin’s somewhat romantic synthesis of the organic and the mechanical begins to relate to Mr. Hyde’s collision of the wayward and the contained, along comes Ms. Leirner, to remind the company that it is just art that’s being talked about.


John Currin at Gagosian Gallery


until December 22 980 Madison Ave., between 76th and 77th streets, 212-744-2313 John Currin’s new show draws a sharp distinction between sex and sexiness. There is more explicit erotic action on view than in any images hitherto by this avid courter of controversy, and there is sexy paintwork to boot. But, instructively, you don’t find…


Fiona Rae at PaceWildenstein and Callum Innes at Sean Kelly Gallery


FIONA RAE: YOU ARE THE YOUNG AND THE HOPELESS PaceWildenstein until December 2, 2006 545 West 22 Street between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 989 4263 CALLUM INNES Sean Kelly until December 8 528 West 29 Street between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 239 1181 A version of this article first appeared in the New…


Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner, David Fertig at James Graham and Sons, Enoc Perez at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


What happens when a “bad” painter gets better?  Is “better” better or worse? Lovers and haters of Lisa Yuskavage alike ought to be confounded with her new body of work, seen uptown and downtown at Zwirner & Wirth and David Zwirner galleries.  To those for whom the golden girl of Bad painting can force no…


Brice Marden: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings Museum of Modern Art


Through January 15, 2007 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, October 26, 2006 under the title “A non-linear path” However much Brice Marden was a child of Minimalism, the true character of his work is something superficially similar to but distinct from…


Tom Burckhardt, Pointal Interference, 2011. Oil paint on cast plastic, 14-1/2 x 11-1/4 inches. Courtesy of Pierogi 2000

Elizabeth Murray and Tom Burckhardt: A Review from 2006


Burckhardt’s latest show is at Pierogi in Williamsburg through May 8


Alexi Worth at DC Moore, Joe Coleman at Jack Tilton


ALEXI WORTH: COUPLES DC Moore until October 7 (724 Fifth Avenue at 57 Street, 212 247 2111) JOE COLEMAN Jack Tilton until October 4 (8 East 76 Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues, 212 737 2221) The girl in Alexi Worth’s “Beautiful Unfinishable Magazine” (all works 2006) crouches in a moulded plastic Eames chair, flicking…


Michael Heizer at PaceWildenstein


A fascination with prehistory links Mr. Heizer’s Stonehenge-like “City” to these sculptural objects, though his architectural forms are fastidiously hard-edged in comparison with the flint-facetted tools. But for all his insistence on freeing himself from European precedents, to explore instead an American sense of wide open space and anti-individual scale, Mr. Heizer’s prehistoric sensibility has a long modernist precedent with deep roots in European culture.


Bruce Nauman at Zwirner & Wirth


Zwirner & Wirth Until September 9 32 E 69 Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, 212 517 8677 Yes Bruce Nauman Of all the avantgarde artists to emerge in the 1960s, Bruce Nauman is the most deserving of the epithet “counter-cultural.”  Be it high or popular culture you are talking about, Mr. Nauman’s emotionally difficult,…