Writings by David Cohen

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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…


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.


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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…


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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…


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Graham Parks at Feigen Contemporary


535 W. 20th Street New York, NY 10011 November 29, 2001 – January 12, 2002 Graham Parks’ debut solo exhibition, at Feigen Contemporary, announces the arrival of a singular talent. Precisionist and poised, his urban landscapes capture the inadvertent funkiness of functionalism. He has found, in a pared-down language that smacks of the graphics of…


James Siena, Lattice Painting (Red), 2000-2001. Enamel on aluminum, 29 1/16 x 22 11/16 inches, courtesy of Gorney Bravin & Lee

Thank Heaven for Little Pictures


Alex Katz’s Small Paintings at the Whitney, Woodcuts and Linocuts at Peter Blum, Thomas Nozkowski at Max Protetch, James Siena at Gorney Bravin & Lee, Elizabeth Peyton at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise


Alberto Giacometti, Portrait of David Sylvester, 1960. Oil on canvas, 45 11/16 x 35 1/16 inches. Private Collection

The Golden Lion of English Artwriting: David Sylvester, 1924-2001


he described art as well as any writer in English since Ruskin.


Rachel Whiteread


Serpentine Gallery Kensington Gardens London SW1 June 20- August 5, 2001, 10-6 daily, Free There is a tendency for international art stars, especially those with “signature” styles, to risk in large scale works the predictable and monotonous, but to surprise the viewer, pleasantly, with smaller pieces. The handmade, the throw-off, the experimental, tantalize with the…