Writings by David Cohen


Brice Marden: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings Museum of Modern Art

Through January 15, 2007 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, October 26, 2006 under the title “A non-linear path” However much Brice Marden was a child of Minimalism, the true character of his work is something superficially similar to but distinct from…


Elizabeth Murray and Tom Burckhardt: A Review from 2006

Burckhardt’s latest show is at Pierogi in Williamsburg through May 8


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…


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.


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,…


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…


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,…


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…


Ellsworth Kelly’s Plant Lithographs

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


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

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