Writings by David Cohen

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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…


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Emily Young


Leighton House Museum 12 Holland Park Road London W14 June 13- July 28, 2001 I have known about Emily Young since the early ’90s, but only finally got to see her work “in the flesh” the other day. Announcement cards over the years would survive on the mantlepiece beyond the closing date of the unseen…


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Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture


INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION OF PAINTING AND SCULPTURE American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City Bouvard and Pécuchet pretty much had the right idea about academies. Never miss an opportunity to ridicule them, and never turn down an invitation to join! My own “received idea” about Salon-type exhibitions is largely informed by London’s Royal Academy…


Anne Truitt at Danese


41 East 57th Street, Fuller Building New York NY 10022 February 16 – March 17, 2001 Anne Truitt is better known as a sculptor, if not indeed as the author of “inspirational”, somewhat earnest artist-journals with titles like “Daybook” and “Prospect”.  Danese are in fact presenting the octogenerian abstract artist’s her first solo painting show in…