Writings by David Cohen

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A Topical Pick from the Archives: Ali Banisadr at Sperone Westwater


a review from 2014 as Banisadr shows new work at the same gallery


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In a Class of its Own: Maastricht on Park Avenue


The European Fine Art Fair conquers New York


A featured item from THE LIST: Patricia Treib, opening at Bureau, Wednesday, May 3


The paintings of Patricia Treib are all the more intriguing for seeming to elevate honesty as a high virtue. Thoughtfully made, they appeal to the senses. Speed is evidently important, and yet they are as slow as they are spontaneous. They are insistently abstract, but the turns of the brush and the tapering of line…


Featured item from THE LIST: “The Invitational” at Arts & Letters


An antidote to the hypertension of the Whitney Biennial is to be found 150 blocks north at the American Academy of Arts & Letters at the “Annual Exhibition of Visual Arts,” on view through April 9. Selected by a committee of academicians, these are, very literally, artists’ artists. But don’t be deceived by the tasteful installation in gracious…


R.B. Kitaj, Los Angeles No. 11 2002-03 oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

R.B. Kitaj: Renewal and Resistance


An interview from 2003 greets the exhibition, R.B.Kitaj: The Exile at Home at Marlborough Chelsea


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See the shows this weekend for THE REVIEW PANEL Monday


Ubu Gallery, presenting Heide Hatry: Icons in Ash, is open Monday to Friday. This is one of five shows to be discussed at The Review Panel at Brooklyn Public Library on Monday (Note: not our usual Tuesday gathering) so see it today or on the day of the panel. The other artists I’ll discuss with…


Featured item from THE LIST: Doron Langberg at 1969


The breakout paintings of Doron Langberg from around five years ago collided intimism and raunch to potent effect. Their slow-read romantic symbolism hovered between coyness and luxuriance as if the brush could’t quite believe the homoerotic explicitness it was being enlisted to depict. The latest paintings from this still-young Israeli-born, UPenn and Yale graduate, on view…


featured item from THE LIST for Thursday, February 16: Ron Gorchov at Cheim & Read


“Ron Gorchov can lay claim to a rare achievement: He has created a distinctive form without becoming formulaic.” A typical show of his work is “lively, diverse, and energized. Far from being specific to one mood or message, Gorchov’s idiom turns out to have the flexibility of a sonnet, conveying a whole range of emotions…


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A featured item from “Week at a Glance” at THE LIST


Willard Boepple is deeply attuned to the shape of color. His sheer, skeletal sculptures, abstracted from their surroundings in emphatic though often offbeat monochromes, accentuate the sensation of a succession of planes. His unique screenprints, published in cycles, are supremely, playfully dimensional, teasing different readings within nested families of stenciled forms through intuitively progressive color variations. In what…


Fran O'Neill, Dance with me, 2016. Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David & Schweitzer

Fran O’Neill at David & Schweitzer


closing Sunday, 56 Bogart Street in Bushwick