Writings by David Cohen

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R.B. Kitaj


Renewal and Resistance “Where are all the beautiful women?” a lady asks R.B. Kitaj during the packed opening of his recent show at L.A. Louver, a leading gallery in Venice, California. “What?”, he replies, incredulously. Mr. Kitaj has battled deafness for many years, but even so would have had difficulty comprehending this question. The lady…


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James Siena at BravinLee Programs and Online at Feigen Contemporary


If Paul Klee could famously “take line for a walk,” then James Siena has taken it to the wild side.


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Lisa Yuskavage at Marianne Boesky and Kara Walker at Brent Sikkema


Lisa Yuskavage at Marianne Boesky, through June 27 535 W 22nd Street 212-680-9889 Kara Walker: Drawings, at Brent Sikkema, through July 25 530 W 22nd Street- 212-929-2262 Kara Walker and Lisa Yuskavage are showing right on the same block (West 22nd Street). Are they a chip off the same block, too? They both take postmodern…


Ellsworth Kelly at Matthew Marks, Frank Stella at Paul Kasmin and Suzan Frecon at Lawrence Markey


Ellsworth Kelly: Matrix, Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24 Street and 522 West 22nd Street Ellsworth Kelly: Self-Portrait Drawings 1944-1992 at Matthew Marks Gallery, 529 West 21 Street, through June 28, 212-243-0200 Frank Stella: Recent Work, Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Avenue, through June 28, 212-563-4474 Suzan Frecon Paintings, Lawrence Markey Gallery, 42 East 76th…


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High & Inside at Marlborough and Bruce Pearson at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts


“High & Inside” at Marlborough Chelsea until June 7 (211 W 19th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, 212-463-8634) Bruce Pearson: Paintings & Drawings” at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts until June 14 (31 Mercer Street, at Grand Street, 212-226-3232) It takes a real pro to pull together a group exhibition that identifies a significant trend…


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…


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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…


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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…


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Helen Frankenthaler, Joel Shapiro, 20th-Century Sculpture


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


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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…