Writings by David Cohen

Venice Biennale 2007


LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 52nd International Exhibition of Art A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, June 11, 2007 under the title “Pax American in the Serene Republic” The Venice Biennale has been the Olympics of the visual arts since its inception in 1895. In odd years countries choose their artist…


The Realist World: Alfred Leslie, Sylvia Sleigh, Philip Pearlstein


THE RADICAL THEATER OF ALFRED LESLIE Ameringer Yohe until April 21 (20 West 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, 212 445 0051) SYLVIA SLEIGH I-20 until May 10 (557 West 23rd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, 212 645 1100) PHILIP PEARLSTEIN Betty Cuningham until April 28 (541 West 25 Street, between 10 and…


Robert Mangold at PaceWildenstein, Mark Grotjahn at Anton Kern, Joe Fyfe at James Graham & Sons


ROBERT MANGOLD: COLUMN STRUCTURE PAINTINGS PaceWildenstein until March 10 (545 W22nd Street between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 989 4263) MARK GROTJAHN; BLUE PAINTINTS LIGHT TO DARK ONE THROUGH TEN Anton Kern until February 28 (532 W20th Street between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 367 9663) JOE FYFE James Graham until March 10 (1014 Madison…


Larry Poons at Danese


until March 17 535 West 24th Street 6th Floor, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212 223 2227 A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, March 15, 2007 The oeuvre of Larry Poons represents a case of painterly bipolarity.  It is hard to think of an artist who veers towards such extremes…


Eve Aschheim at Lori Bookstein Fine Art and Paul Pagk at Moti Hasson Gallery


Something about abstract painting attracts dogmatic criticism. Figurative painting is understood to belong to millenia-long traditions in which so much is possible that a degree of pluralism is inevitable. And yet, despite abstract painting’s rich 100-year history, with roots deep into visual culture beyond that brisk century, its champions still fall for the habit of…


High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975


Exhibition curated by Katy Siegel with David Reed


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…