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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Launching Tonight at BPL Presents

Monday, May 11th, 2020

In an irony lost on neither participant, Robert Storr and I found ourselves discussing works by Gerhard Richter that are intimately concerned with painting’s fraught relationship with photographic mediation, while looking at a checklist of his current show at The Met Breuer on a shared Zoom screen. Rob had seen the show in its brief…


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“To Do Rothko Again, After Nature”: Wolf Kahn in conversation with David Cohen

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

An interview from 1999. Kahn passed away March 15, 2020


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Joanna Pousette-Dart talks about her work today

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Joanna Pousette-Dart, whose show at Lisson Gallery will be discussed at next week’s installment of The Review Panel – is in conversation this afternoon with Phong Bui at 4pm. 138 Tenth Avenue in Chelsea.  Tomorrow is the last day to see Gelah Penn’s show at Undercurrent in DUMBO, while the other two venues, the Drawing Center…


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Featured from THE LIST: Xenia at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Xenia: Crossroads in Portrait Painting celebrates diversity of intentions, makers and styles alike as befits a group exhibition devoted to the ancient Greek concept of “guest-friendship”. There are portraits by and of artists in the show, imaginary portraits of fictive personae (Robin F. Williams has two of Siri, avatars perhaps of be the disembodied Apple…


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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