Writings by David Cohen


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…


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…


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…


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.