Writings by David Cohen


Cecily Brown at Gagosian Gallery

Was on view until October 25, 2008


Rirkrit Tiravanija: Demonstration Drawings at the Drawing Center

There is a limited range of drawing styles, which tends to be competent enough but generally stilted, illustrative, and a bit nerdish. One wonders whether the difference in treatment that does come across is purely a matter of the individual draftsman’s hand or whether different speeds of movement in the scenes depicted — orderly placid drudging through dreary East European streets versus violent clashes with riot-geared police in some steamy tropical town — account for these differences.


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: 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


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.