Writings by David Cohen

Rogert Fenton, The Third Graeco-Roman Saloon on Artists' Day, c. 1857. Albumen print, 10 5/16 x 11 9/16 inches. The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund

What you bump into when you stand back from a photograph


The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today at the Museum of Modern Art, through November 1


Joe Fyfe, After Corot, 2007. Felt, cotton and jute, 54 x 64 inches. Courtesy of Cheim & Read Gallery

Orgy in the Raw: Joe Fyfe’s “Le Tableau” at Cheim & Read


A geographically and historically wide-angled summer group exhibition.


James Hyde, Big Sample (Davis), 2006. Acrylic sign painter's enamel on vinyl digital print (stretched), 112 x 150 inches. Courtesy of Pierogi 2000

Billboard Syncopations: James Hyde at the Boiler Room (Pierogi 2000)


The Stuart Davis Group are high jinks riffs on that jazzy pioneer’s painterly syncopations.


Mark di Suvero, Nova Albion, 1964-65. Steel and wood, 24 x 20 x 27 feet. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Ellen Page Wilson.

Engineering Optimism: Mark di Suvero at Paula Cooper Gallery


Soaring forms engender a fearless sense of conquest


John Giorno, Just Say No To Family Values, 2009. Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery

Twister: John Giorno at Nicole Klagsbrun


In his debut art show the septuagenerian poet shows wittily and nihilistically twisted truisms


Alex Katz, Anna Wintour, 2009. Oil on canvas, 60 x 84 inches. Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery

Warm for Wintour: Alex Katz at the National Portrait Gallery


“September Issue” star Anna Wintour is coaxed into shedding her trademark shades


Avigdor Arikha, Summer Day, Indoors, 1991.  Oil on canvas, 57-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches.  Private Collection, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery.

A light touch forged in darkness: Avigdor Arikha, 1929-2010


Quiet work belies its passionate author.


Suzan Frecon, embodiment of red (soforouge), 2009. Oil on linen, two panels, each 54 x 87-1/2 inches. Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery

Seeing Red


Suzan Frecon, currently showing works on paper at David Zwirner, was reviewed at the 2010 Whitney Biennial,


Lisa Abbot Canfield, Untitled 2008-10. Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, on view from Friday at the artist’s second solo show at Jason Rulnick, Inc. 230 Fifth Avenue, Suite 809, at Madison Square.

Lisa Abbott-Canfield at Jason Rulnick


This was an artcritical PIC in March 2010.


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Claire Weiss (1966-2010)


Clare Weiss, who was Curator of Public Art at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation from 2005-2009, was a determined and enterprising champion of art in public places.  She passed away January 11, aged 43, after a protracted battle with breast cancer which began in 2006. Weiss came to art relatively late in…