Writings by David Cohen

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,…


Stephen Harvey at Gallery Schlesinger, Gwen Hardie at Dinker Fine Art, Richard Walker at Alexandre Gallery


STEPHEN HARVEY: FLIGHTS Gallery Schlesinger until December 17 (24 E. 73rd Street, Second Floor, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, 212-734-3600). GWEN HARDIE: FACE PAINTINGS 2005 Dinter Fine Art until December 23 (547 W. 27th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-947-2818). RICHARD WALKER: BEACON ROAD PAINTINGS Alexandre Gallery until December 30 (41 E. 57th Street,…


Sarah Bernhardt at the Jewish Museum


WHY THEY WENT WILD FOR THE DIVINE SARAH Alphonse Mucha, color lithographs, from left: Tragique histoire d’Hamlet, 1899; La Samaritaine, 1897; Lorenzaccio, 1896. When “the Divine Sarah” died in 1923 a million people lined the streets of Paris between the Madeleine and the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt to see her cortege wend its way to Pere-Lachaise:  An impressive turnout…


James Siena, Two Sequences, 2009. Enamel on aluminum, 19-1/4 x 15-1/8 inches. Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

James Siena at Pace, Barbara Takenaga at McKenzie Fine Art, Suzan Frecon at Peter Blum


Siena now has third solo at Pace, Takenaga on view at DC Moore.


Guillermo Kuitca at Sperone Westwater, David Salle at Mary Boone


GUILLERMO KUITCA: ACOUSTIC MASS Sperone Westwater through December 17 (415 West 13 Street, 212 999 7337) DAVID SALLE: THE VORTEX PAINTINGS Mary Boone through December 17 (541 W 24 Street, 212 752 2929) Guillermo Kuitca makes poignant abstractions out of maps, seating plans, architectural drawings, and other such schematic representations.  His images are in a…


Christopher Wilmarth at Betty Cuningham, Barry Le Va at Mary Boone


CHRISTOPHER WILMARTH Betty Cuningham Gallery through December 3 (541 W 25 Street between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 242 2772) BARRY LE VA Mary Boone Gallery through December 17 (745 Fifth Avenue at 57 Street, 212 752 2929) Think of Minimalism, the extremist art revolution of the 1960s, and what comes to mind are austere…


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…


Philip Pearlstein at Betty Cuningham and Danica Phelps: Wake at Zach Feuer


PHILIP PEARLSTEIN Betty Cuningham to October 22 541 West 25 Street, between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 242 2772 DANICA PHELPS: WAKE Zach Feuer to October 1 530 West 24 Street, between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 989 7700 A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, September 22, 2005 Philip Pearlstein…


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…


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,…