Writings by David Cohen

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Primitive Jarring


Galerie Lelong 528 West 26th Street, New York (212) 315-0470 May 9 to June 21, 2003 Part-creature, part-tomb, Pod Pacha is at once endearing and menacing, like a Precolumbian dog, or like Alfred Jarry’s pitiable buffoon Ubu Roi. A mechanized lid heaves and wobbles, its thudding and pounding reverberating around the gallery. Is the strange…


Harry Roseman at Davis & Langdale, Stephen Balkenhol at Barbara Gladstone, Tony Oursler at Metro Pictures, Bruce Gagnier at Lori Bookstein Fine Art


“Harry Roseman: Cloth” at Davis & Langdale until June 6 (231 E. 60th Street, between TK, 212-838-0333. Prices: $900-$8,000. Stephan Balkenhol at Barbara Gladstone Gallery until May 31 (515 W. 24th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-206-9300). Prices: The gallery declined to disclose its prices “Tony Oursler: Recent Works” at Metro Pictures until June…


Francesco Clemente at Gagosian Gallery, Amy Sillman at Brent Sikkema, Sarah McEneaney at Schlesinger Limited


“Francesco Clemente: Paintings 2000-2003″ at Gagosian Gallery until June 21 – 555 W24th Street -212-741-1111 “Amy Sillman: I am curious (yellow)” at Brent Sikkema until May 28 – 530 W22nd Street – 212-929-2262 “Sarah McEneaney: Self Portrait” at Schlesinger Limited until “June 7″ – 24E 73rd Street – 212-734-3600 To view any large-scale exhibition of…


Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler, Joel Shapiro, 20th-Century Sculpture


Retrieved  in tribute to Helen Frankenthaler, December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011


Melissa Meyer


Melissa Meyer is big in Japan. Not in the euphemistic sense applied to rock stars, but literally. She has just completed her largest paintings to date there. Tokyo’s newest skyscraper, the Shiodome City Center, designed by Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo, and Associates, is also, at 43 floors, the tallest. Ms. Meyer has created a pair…


Joan Miró Untitled Drawing February 1, 1965. Ballpoint pen on paper, 7 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches, Collection of the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, Mallorca

Joan Miró: The Semiotics of Desire


The Shape of Color: Joan Miró Painted Sculpture
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, September 21, 2002-January 6, 2003; Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, February 1-May 4, 2003. Catalogue by Laura Coyle, William Jeffett, Joan Punyet Miró, published by Scala and Corcoran


Elizabeth Peyton, Paradis (Kirsty), 2001. Oil on boar,d 40 x 30 inches, courtesy Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Corp.

John Currin


Yale professors are telling their students that John Currin paints as well as Botticelli. I heard this yesterday from a young painter who was sent my way for career advice. Yale has probably the most illustrious art school in America. Its alumni litter the firmament; Currin (who was born in 1962 and is the hottest ticket this season) is only the most recent ascendant star.


The Irony and the Ecstasy: Michael Craig-Martin and Anselm Kiefer at Gagosian


Michael Craig-Martin: Eye of the Storm Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, through February 15 Anselm Kiefer: Merkaba ran from November 8 to December 14; the catalogue is available from Gagosian Gallery at $80. What extraordinary scene changes an art gallery can witness. Take the Gagosian Gallery. One week it’s Anselm Kiefer, the next Michael…


The Holes in Merlin James


THE HOLES IN MERLIN JAMES (Shades of Gray on the Richter Scale) Brent Sikkema 530 W 22nd Street New York NY 10011 “I like the hole thing”, a visitor to the Merlin James exhibition was overheard saying to the artist at Brent Sikkema Gallery on opening night. James’s odd-ball little canvases are often pierced through, with varying…


Penny Kronengold: Swimmers & Other New Works at First Street Gallery


526 W 26th Street Ninth Floor New York, NY 10001 March 5-23 , 2002 Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 This afternoon I was utterly seized by an artist previously unknown to me. Penny Kronengold’s unassuming, modestly scaled bathers, starting the last week of their short run at the First Street Gallery, are a must-see. In reproduction she is…