Robert Cottingham, ‘EVERYBODY'S BOOKSHOP, EVERYBODY'S BOOKS’, 1975, Alpha 137 Gallery

This uncommon print was chosen to be included in the 1975 portfolio for the Swiss Society for Fine Arts (Grafikmappe des Schweizerischen Kunstvereins) as part of an international portfolio of 27 prints that also featured works by Jasper Johns, Christo, Valerio Adami, Shusaku Arakawa, Robert Cottingham, Alan Davie, Richard Paul Lohse, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Pierre Tal Coat and many others. This is the first time that it will be separated from the complete Swiss Fine Art Society Portfolio. As it was part of a European portfolio, it is especially rare to find stateside. Pencil inscribed by Robert Cottingham, "Everybody's Book Shop, Everybody's Book"
From the graphic portfolio of the Swiss Society of Arts in 1975.
Printed by: Landfall Press, Chicago 1975, Published by St. Gallen, Zurich. Splendid impression with full margins
Hand Signed and Numbered, Bears Artist's copyright stamp
Splendid impression with full margins

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Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil (recto); Bears Artist's copyright stamp

Publisher: Printed by: Landfall Press, Chicago 1975, Published by St. Gallen, Zurich.

From the graphic portfolio of the Swiss Society of Arts in 1975.
Printed by: Landfall Press, Chicago 1975, Published by St. Gallen, Zurich. Splendid impression with full margins

About Robert Cottingham

Robert Cottingham is known as a photorealist, but his meticulous paintings and drawings of pre-digital Americana border on abstraction. Cottingham depicts mid-20-century signs, typefaces, manual cameras, railroad boxcars, and mechanical components, or what he has called “tools of the Everyman,” in various dynamic compositions with intensified color and light. The artist has described his fascination with signs as originating from trips to Times Square as a child: “I think that’s when the seed was planted, when I saw the kind of activity going on above the ground level.” Obsessed with the precise geometry of his subjects, Cottingham’s process incorporates a series of steps that can include sketches, photographs, shapes mapped onto grids, and model construction. His crisp, often-monumental canvases celebrate and accentuate the forms of his subjects while remaining devoid of nostalgia. He lists Franz Kline, Edward Hopper, and the New Realists among his influences.

American, b. 1935, Brooklyn, New York, based in New York, Los Angeles and London