Writings by David Cohen

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War of Independence

Why this critic might be done with the Independent Art Fair

The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory

Don’t wait until next week to get into fair mood: This year, for venue scheduling reasons, The Art Show, the ADAA’s annual outing at the Park Avenue Armory, precedes the onslaught on the piers—the other Armory. And, like years past, it’s proving to be the place for aesthetic delectation. For this reviewer it would be…

William T. Williams, Spring Lake, 1988-2003. Acrylic on canvas, 75 x 44 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Drill Hall Delectations: The Art Show at the Armory

Don’t wait until next week to get into fair mood. The Art Show, through Sunday

A PICK FROM THE ARCHIVES: Studio Visit with Clintel Steed

” I fight to stay myself. I do paint a lot of motifs sometimes, I do have a lot of things going on, but I’m always just searching for that purity. I am always trying to be affected by where I am at, where I am standing at the moment. I am using history, I…

Featured item from THE LIST: Luisa Rabbia, opening Friday at Peter Blum

At once intimate and sumptuous, Zen and nerdy, aloof and intricate, Luisa Rabbia “Death&Birth” cycle is a monument to nuttiness—an existential comment, in itself, perhaps, upon the sublime absurdity of existence. A pair of gargantuan murals represents the moments of entry and departure, complemented by three of her LingamYoni series (pictured) at a relatively modest height…

Francisco de Goya, Leave it all to Providence (Dejalo todo a la probidencia), 1816-20. Black ink and gray wash, Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum

Eugene Thaw in his Own Words: The late collector and philanthropist interviewed in 1996

An exhibition of his bequests closes at the Morgan Library January 7


Holiday Party at Eric Firestone launches Benefit Show for artcritical’s Redesign Campaign

at Eric Firestone Loft, December 17

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Big in Brooklyn

A passerby this wet and frigid Saturday morning at the corner of Nostrand Ave and Pacific Street in Crown Heights might wish they were in Miami, all the more so if they’re an art aficionado. But the bright lights of a LinkNYC kiosk promises an event that only Brooklyn boasts: The Review Panel (rechristened by WNYC for clarity) this…


Mira Schor at Lyles & King

“Mira Schor’s project space exhibition, The Red Tie Paintings, pulsates with lyrical fury.”

DOI 307

Saturday is the last chance to see Peter Doig at Michael Werner ahead of The Review Panel, Monday at Brooklyn Public Library

Doig’s show is one of four to be discussed by my guests Siri Hustvedt, Jason Stopa, and Lilly Wei. The other shows are downtown: John Zurier at Peter Blum; Dana James at The Lodge; and Kate Shepherd at 56Henry. You can see James and Shepherd Sunday but as Blum is open Tuesday to Saturday, Saturday is also…