Writings by David Cohen

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Public Art


NANCY RUBINS: BIG PLEASURE POINT Josie Robertson Plaza (Lincoln Center) until September 4 Broadway, between 62nd and 65th Streets NANCY RUBINS: COLLAGES Paul Kasmin Gallery until August 18 511 W. 27th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-563-4474 HELEN BROUGH: EMULATED FLORA 70 Washington Street, permanently installed between Front and York, 718-222-5555 E.V. DAY: BRIDE…


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Into Me/Out of Me


PS1 Contemporary Art Center until September 25 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46 Avenue, Long Island City, 718 784 2084 A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, July 20, 2006. If you missed “the body” as the de rigeur theme of artists at the “transgressive” cutting edge of avant garde art between, say,…


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The New Landscape/The New Still Life: Soutine and Modern Art


Cheim & Read 547 W25 Street, between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 242 7747 Until September 9 Like the artist it celebrates, “The New Landscape/The New Still Life: Soutine and Modern Art” is bursting with energy and ideas. The show presents Chaim Soutine 1893-1943) as a father figure of different traditions, American Abstract Expressionism and…


Robert Berlind, Sycamore, 2005, oil on panel, 16 x 21 inches. Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

Freshness Can Be A Tradition: Robert Berlind and Elizabeth Neel


This article, from 2006, was originally published at The New York Sun and is posted here in tribute to the late Robert Berlind on the eve of his solo exhibition at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., opening in Chelsea Saturday, January 9, 2016. Robert Berlind at Tibor de Nagy, Elizabeth Neel at Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert The phrase “American-type…


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Tom Wesselmann


TOM WESSELMANN: THE SIXTIES L&M Arts through April 15 (45 E78 Street at Madison Avenue, 212 861 0020) TOM WESSELMANN: SUNSET NUDES Robert Miller Gallery through April 22 (524 W26 Street, between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 366 4774) A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, March 30, 2006 The sublime…


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Thomas Nozkowski at Max Protetch, Tony Berlant at Lennon, Weinberg


THOMAS NOZKOWSKI Max Protetch until March 18 (511 W. 22 Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-633-6999) TONY BERLANT: Within Lennon, Weinberg until March 11 (514 W. 24 Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-941-0012) Thomas Nozkowski’s paintings call out for oxymoronic exaltations: bravura reticence! Fluent awkwardness! Grandiose humility! Mr. Nozkowski’s inventions burst with a…


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Merlin James at Sikkema Jenkins & Co


Until January 21 530 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, 212.929.2262 Merlin James’s painting, “Flower Piece” (2001), is almost a manifesto of a will to evade categorization.  It hangs in a show spanning twenty years of his work at Sikkema Jenkins, his fourth with these dealers.  At first it looks like a dashed-off,…


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Luc Tuymans: Proper


David Zwirner Gallery until November 19 525 W. 19 Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, 212-727-2070 A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, October 20, 2005 Luc Tuymans is difficult to like and harder still to ignore. Which is exactly as things should be for an artist who puts alienation at…


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Sol Lewitt and Summer Group Show at PaceWildenstein, Phong Bui at Sarah Bowen


SOL LEWITT and SUMMER GROUP SHOW Pace Wildenstein until August 25 (534 W. 25th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-929-7000). PHONG BUI Sarah Bowen until August 7 (210 N. 6th Street, between Driggs and Roebling Avenues, Brooklyn, 718-302-4517).   For all his extreme, at times arid, cerebrality, Sol LeWitt has a soft spot. The…


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Idols of Perversity at Bellweather, Augustin Fernandez at Mitchell Algus, Good Vibrations at McKenzie


IDOLS OF PERVERSITY Bellwether until August 6 134 Tenth Avenue, at 19 Street, 212-929-5959 AUGUSTIN FERNANDEZ Mitchell Algus until July 16 511 W. 25th Street, 212-242-6242 GOOD VIBRATIONS McKenzie until July 30 511 W. 25th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-989-5467 The Pre-Raphaelites still have a lot to answer for. The cult of wan Ophelias,…