Writings by David Cohen

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Michael Heizer at PaceWildenstein


A fascination with prehistory links Mr. Heizer’s Stonehenge-like “City” to these sculptural objects, though his architectural forms are fastidiously hard-edged in comparison with the flint-facetted tools. But for all his insistence on freeing himself from European precedents, to explore instead an American sense of wide open space and anti-individual scale, Mr. Heizer’s prehistoric sensibility has a long modernist precedent with deep roots in European culture.


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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,…


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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…


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Ellsworth Kelly’s Plant Lithographs


As the Met displays his plant drawings, we revisit a show of prints of the same theme


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Ron Gorchov: Double Trouble at MoMA P.S. 1


A  review from 2006 retrieved for his new show at Cheim & Read


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Nightmares of Summer at Marvelli, Re:Location at Alexander & Bonin, A Brighter Day at James Cohan Gallery


NIGHTMARES OF SUMMER Marvelli Gallery through July 8 526 West 26 Street 2nd Floor, between 10 and 11 Avenues, 212 627 3363 RE:LOCATION Alexander & Bonin through July 28 132 Tenth Avenue at 19 Street, 212 367 7474 A BRIGHTER DAY James Cohan Gallery through July 14 533 West 26 Street, between 10 and 11 Avenues,…


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Joseph Marioni at Peter Blum, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe at Gray Kapernekas, Thomas Nozkowski at BravinLee Programs, Steven Mueller at Baumgartner Gallery


JOSEPH MARIONI Peter Blum until July 1 526 W. 29th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-244-6055 JEREMY GILBERT-ROLFE Gray Kapernekas until June 17 526 W. 26th Street, no. 814, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-462-4150 THOMAS NOZKOWSKI: WORKS ON PAPER BravinLee programs until June 17 526 W. 26th Street, no. 211, between Tenth and…


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The Edward R. Broida Collection at MoMA


AGAINST THE GRAIN: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE EDWARD R. BROIDA COLLECTION Museum of Modern Art, New York Until July 10 (11 West 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) Thanks to the late Edward Broida, the second floor of the new MoMA looks better than ever. The items on view in “Against the Grain: Contemporary…