David Cohen

David Cohen is editor and publisher of artcritical as well as a regular contributor. He is founder-moderator of The Review Panel, the critics' forum hosted by Brooklyn Public Library (formerly National Academy Museum, New York, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia) and podcast here at artcritical. He was Gallery Director at the New York Studio School from 2001-10 and art critic and contributing editor at the New York Sun from 2003-08.

Born in London and educated at the University of Sussex and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, David wrote for leading newspapers and magazines in England and around the world before emigrating to the United States in 1999. His books include "Serban Savu" (Hatje Cantz verlag, 2011) and "Alex Katz Collages: A catalogue raisonné" (Colby College Museum of Art, 2005).

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Featured from THE LIST: Carol Syzmanski at Signs and Symbols

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

In the years that multi-disciplinary conceptual artist Carol Syzmanski supported her family with a day job as a corporate banker she was (a) obliged to maintain a wardrobe of designer suits by the likes of Valentino, Jill Sander and Alexander McQueen and (b) able to keep a portion of her mind focused on artistic creativity…


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Featured Item from THE LIST: Graham Nickson at Betty Cuningham

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Graham Nickson is arguably the most galvanizing art educator seen in New York since Hans Hofmann, if you add up the alumni of his legendary drawing marathons and students of four decades at the New York Studio School. The British-born artist likes to challenge his charges to embrace the opposite of their usual practice or…


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God-Given to Create: “Quilting The Sun” at Theater for the New City

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

Set during Reconstruction in the South, a drama as schematic as the quilt it celebrates


Roscoe Mitchell performs with works by Alain Kirili at the artist's White Street studio, 2019. Photo: Ariane Lopez-Huici

Alain Kirili and Vision Festival: First visual artist honored with lifetime achievement award at legendary “free jazz” fixture

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

24th annual festival opens June 11


“He Was Free and Brave”: Thomas Nozkowski, 1944-2019

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

“You don’t hear much these days about strength of character, but Tom had that, with kindness backed by confidence. As well, he was free and brave: a dissenting but platonic American.” These are the words of Schjeldahl who, with 20 other admirers and friends of the late artist joined me at artcritical in a garland of tributes. The other…


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The artcritical Mailing List

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

I’m taking the liberty here of writing a message to personal contacts from my gmail address book because some friends and colleagues have complained recently that they have “fallen off” the artcritical mailing list. This might, in some cases, have been a subtle criticism to the effect that we have fallen off in our commitment to…


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Featured item from THE LIST: Mark Sheinkman at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Saturday is the last day not only to see Sheinkman’s show but alas any show at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. as the gallery is closing after a long run of operations in multiple neighborhoods. artcritical wishes Jill Weinberg Adams an active and contented retirement, richly deserved, and takes this opportunity to express deep gratitude for the many…