Writings by David Cohen

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Anthony Caro at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


These hefty yet open-form, emphatic yet enigmatic assemblages of prefabricated, found, and adapted components show a youthful, spry, curiosity-filled artist at the top of his game.


Lynda Benglis, Quartered Meteor, 1969. Lead, 57-1/2 x 65-1/2 x 64-1/2 inches, edition 1/3. Courtesy Cheim & Read Gallery

Lynda Benglis and Louise Bourgeois: Circa 1970, at Cheim & Read


Louise Bourgeois and Lynda Benglis are both inveterate explorers of sculpture’s soggy underbelly. They are doyennes of a dark sexuality and of the nebulous space between the personal and the universal.


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Neo Rauch: para at The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Neo is perfectly forenamed for an artist in whom, to paraphrase architectural theorist Charles Jencks, the wasms have become an ism. Rauch’s paintings, fusing elements of romanticism and realism from the last two centuries, resist the idea that anachronism and rejuvenation might be at odds with one another.


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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…


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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…


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


Exhibition curated by Katy Siegel with David Reed


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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.


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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…


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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…


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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,…