Writings by David Cohen

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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…


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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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Yvonne Jacquette: Arrivals and Departures at DC Moore Gallery


Until April 22 724 Fifth Avenue at 57 Street, 212 247 2111 The paintings of Yvonne Jacquette are at once immensely likeable and seriously odd.  There is a compelling sense of presentness in her density of color and form, quirky and chirpy, and yet they are weirdly alienating precisely thanks to the same manic qualities….


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Rachel Whiteread at Luhring Augustine, Calder at PaceWildenstein, Philip Grausman at Lohin, Geduld


RACHEL WHITEREAD: BIBLIOGRAPHY Luhring Augustine thru March 31, 531 W24, 212 206 9100 CALDER: FROM MODEL TO MONUMENT PaceWildenstein thru March 4, 545 W 22 PHILIP GRAUSMAN Lohin, Geduld thru March 11, 531 W25, 212 675 2656 Monuments maybe every sculptor’s dream, but they can be a mixed blessing. They communicate beyond the artworld with…


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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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An Unmodern Master’s American Moment: William Nicholson at Paul Kasmin


Until March 18 293 Tenth Ave between 26th and 27th Streets, 212-563-4474 A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, February 16, 2006 Sometimes, unexpected context can give the requisite jolt that leads to aesthetic discovery. Paul Kasmin’s Chelsea gallery, with its exposed concrete ceilings and whitewashed walls, usually plays host to…


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Thomas Hirschhorn: Superficial Engagement at Gladstone Gallery and Roxy Paine at James Cohan Gallery


Hirschhorn until February 11 515 W. 24th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-206-9300 Paine until February 25 533 W. 26th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-714-9500 Thomas Hirschhorn and Roxy Paine, two sculptors with ambitious installations in Chelsea right now, might seem diametrically opposed in terms of sensibility, representing Dionysian and Apollonian extremes…


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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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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,…


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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…