Writings by David Cohen

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Featured from THE LIST: Xenia at Marianne Boesky Gallery


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


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


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


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


24th annual festival opens June 11


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


“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


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.


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…


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A Blast from the Past: David Cohen on Charles Spurrier in December 2000


as his show of new works opens in Brooklyn’s 490 Atlantic Avenue


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Featured item from THE LIST: Mira Schor at Lyles & King


Mira Schor: California Paintings: 1971-1973 In 1972, NYU graduate Mira Schor headed to LA to enroll in the fabled Feminist Art Program which Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro had recently brought to CalArts. Schor also participated in the experimental Womanhouse project that same year. Fresh with youthful idealism, many of these works haven’t been since…