Robert Cottingham, ‘Ice’, 1975, Capsule Gallery Auction
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Robert Cottingham

Ice, 1975

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10 × 10 in
25.4 × 25.4 cm
Edition 39/50
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CGA
Capsule Gallery Auction
New York

frame: 31 1/2 x 24 inches

nicely framed by Bark Frameworks

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Signed lower right, numbered 39/50
Robert Cottingham
American, b. 1935
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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.

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Capsule Gallery Auction
New York

frame: 31 1/2 x 24 inches

nicely framed by Bark Frameworks

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Signed lower right, numbered 39/50
Robert Cottingham
American, b. 1935
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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.

Robert Cottingham

Ice, 1975

Etching
10 × 10 in
25.4 × 25.4 cm
Edition 39/50
Bidding closed
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