Writings by David Cohen

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Poetry by Other Means: The Collages of John Ashbery


Is there something intrinsic to the appeal of collage to writers — to moving bits of paper around in startling, revelatory juxtapositions? The coincidence of two shows of collages by writers of markedly different ilk – a sometime poet laureate and a member of the third estate – begs the question.


Clintel Steed, Runners #1 (Olympic Series), 2017. Oil on masonite, 48 x 19 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

“That is What Painters Do. We Look for Subject Matter”: Clintel Steed in conversation with David Cohen


“I wanted to paint this subject because all the athletes are so in tune with themselves”


Lois Dickson, Aria, 2017. Oil on linen, 72 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

A Playpen Within A Battlefield: The Paintings of Lois Dickson


To greet her current show at the New York Studio School, an essay published last summer


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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


Patricia Treib at Bureau


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…


“The Invitational” at the Academy of 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


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…