Writings by David Cohen

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William Tucker: Recent Sculpture


McKee Gallery until June 3 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 212-688-5951. A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, April 28, 2005     They say inside every fat man a thin one is trying to escape: Might the same be true of sculpture? William Tucker’s career traces a trajectory from…


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Julian Schnabel at C&M Arts


Julian Schnabel: Selected Paintings through June 4, 2005 at C&M Arts, 45 East 78th Street, New York, 212-861-0020. A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, April 21, 2005 Eighteen months ago, on these pages, I treated the latest paintings of Julian Schnabel to severe deprecation. In regretting any absence of resistance…


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Robert Gober at Matthew Marks Gallery


RECRUCIFYING THE STARR REPORT Until April 23 523 W. 24th Street, between Tenth Avenue and West Street, 212-243-0200   At the ecclesiastical-sounding Matthew Marks Gallery, everything is set up like a church. A nave of sepulchral objects leads the eye directly to a high altar, dominated by a crucifix. This is flanked by a pair…


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Wayne Thiebaud: High Cholesterol Nonedibles


“Wayne Thiebaud: Since 1962: A Survey” through May 27, 2005 Allan Stone Gallery 113 East 90th Street, New York, 212 987 4997. A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, April 7, 2005 There is a legend concerning the art critic Roger Fry that as a young man traveling in Italy he would…


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de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan


“de Kooning: An American Master” By Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan Knopf, 2004 752 pages, $35 With typical existentialist panache, Francis Bacon coined the phrase “exhilarated despair,” an oxymoron that rings true for Willem de Kooning, whom Bacon admired. Not so much for his work, necessarily, which runs the gamut of emotions and sensations (although…


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Susan Rothenberg at Sperone Westwater


s”Susan Rothenberg, Drawings 1974-2004″ through through 18 December, 2004 at Sperone Westwater, 415 West 13 Street, New York A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, November 25, 2004 Susan Rothenberg’s champions have a problem which mere casual admirers like myself can easily avoid.  To us, she is a capable, sensitive expressionist…


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Richmond Burton at Cheim & Read, Hunt Slonem: Recent Work at Marlborough Chelsea, Reed Danzinger at McKenzie Fine Art


Richmond Burton at Cheim & Read through October 23 (547 W 25 Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, 212 242 7727) Hunt Slonem: Recent Work at Marlborough Chelsea through October 23 (211 West 19 Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, 212 463 8634) Reed Danzinger at McKenzie Fine Art through October 9 (511 W 25…


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“Coaxed into fullness of existence”: A conversation with Rackstraw Downes


Published on the occasion of the inaugural exhibition at the Betty Cuningham Gallery in 2004


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Pat Lipsky at Elizabeth Harris, Richard Deacon at Marian Goodman, Richard Long at Sperone Westwater


Pat Lipsky at Elizabeth Harris through October 9 (529 West 20 Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, 212 463 9666) Richard Deacon at Marian Goodman through October 7 (24 West 57 Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, 212 977 7160) Richard Long at Sperone Westwater through October 23 (415 West 13 Street, between 9th Avenue…


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Sean Scully by David Carrier


Sean Scully by David Carrier Thames & Hudson, 224 pages, $65 Sean Scully does for stripes what Giorgio Morandi did for bottles. He turns an unpreposessing form into the cipher for a fulsome range of painterly emotions. Morandi’s jugs and jars were things in the world, still-life motifs that precariously balanced specificity and generalization. Mr….