New York

Pinchas Cohen Gan

Max Protetch

I wonder if I am wrong thinking that Pinchas Cohen Gan is basically a whimsical, dryly humorous, childlike spirit. Is the informality and offhandedness disguising something more serious? Is the seeming naiveté willed or natural, and an end in itself?

Art History A is a pile of small canvases in the middle of the room. Why am I attracted most to the Crayola-like colors and the self-depreciating mockery, and not the analytic dissection? Proposition Painting with a Real Copy of an Orange is made of two panels: one, that classic bad-taste color, thalo green with white; the other, a tacky fuschia. Underneath these panels is Cohen Gan’s jokey “Painting as a window to the world” fixture, a window sill. It also reads as a “step” into the painting. On the step rests a “real” plastic orange. Again, it is the surrealist overtones that are attractive, not the philosophical speculation on the meaning

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