David Cohen is art critic and contributing editor at the New York Sun, publisher of the online magazine, artcritical.com, gallery director at the New York Studio School, and a freelance lecturer, moderator, curator and art historian. Born in London and educated at the University of Sussex and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, David Cohen wrote for leading newspapers and magazines in England and around the world before emigrating to the United States in 1999. His is the author of Alex Katz Collages: A catalogue raisonné, Jock McFadyen: A Book about a Painter, and Henry Moore in the Bagatelle Gardens, as well as substantial catalogue essays on a number of topics. Exhibitions he has curated at the New York Studio School since 2001 include William Tucker: A Drawing Retrospective; American Cutout; Alain Kirili; Rackstraw Downes: Drawing as Part of the Process; and Four Sculptors: Chris Duncan, Geoffrey Heyworth, Karlis Rekevics, Sally Tittmann. Cohen moderates The Review Panel, the popular monthly forum at the National Academy Museum, and The Craft of Criticism, one-on-one dialogues with critics and art historians at the New York Studio School.
Michael Hall is a sculptor, educator, collector and critic. Born in 1941, Hall completed his B.A. at the University of North Carolina in 1962 and earned his M.F.A. degree in sculpture at the University of Washington in 1964. As a sculptor, Hall has exhibited widely in both the U.S. and Canada. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. Widely sought as a speaker, Hall has lectured at over one hundred cultural institutions and universities. He has also authored numerous museum catalogues. A collection of his critical essays was published in 1988. From 1970 until 1990, Hall directed the graduate sculpture program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Prior to this, he taught sculpture at the University of Colorado and at the University of Kentucky. While in Kentucky, he began collecting folk art. The Hall Collection of American Folk Art is on permanent display at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Retired now from teaching, Michael Hall divides his time between his Michigan sculpture studio and the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio where he serves as adjunct curator of American Folk Art.
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