Davis Cone, ‘Variety Photoplays’, 1983, ArtWise

Signed and Numbered out of 300 in pencil by Cone. Lithograph printed on Arches paper with the raised printer's stamp in lower, left-hand corner. The image features Ivan Karp's blue Volvo, the founder of the OK Harris Gallery in SoHo, NY, as noted by his initials of "ICK" on the license plate. Mr. Karp was driving Cone around that rainy evening when he took the photograph that his painting and print would be based on. The Variety Photoplays theater, which was located at 110 Third Avenue in New York City, began as a nickel theater. Later, the theater showed adult films and was lastly used as an off-Broadway theater. The theater was demolished in 2005.

About Davis Cone

Considered one of the masters of 20th-century photorealism, Davis Cone devotes his practice to documenting the Art Deco movie theaters of America. He captures these vintage establishments in cities and suburban settings at various hours, from a range of angles, and in different weather systems and lighting, paying particular homage to the neon lights and architectural grandeur of his subjects. For Cone, the works suggest the endurance of America’s movie culture and convey nostalgia for a bygone era. Working from dozens of images he takes at movie houses and their environs, Cone depicts scenes in which figures rarely appear, or are only incidental to the image, capturing an atmospheric quality redolent of Edward Hopper.

American, b. 1950, Augusta, Georgia, based in Los Angeles, California