Robert Cottingham, ‘Orph, from Documenta portfolio’, 1972, Print, Lithograph in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins, Phillips
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Robert Cottingham

Orph, from Documenta portfolio, 1972

Lithograph in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins
23 9/10 × 34 in
60.8 × 86.4 cm
Edition 141/300
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Image: 50.9 x 76 cm (20 x 29 7/8 in.)
Sheet: 60.8 x 86.4 cm (23 7/8 x 34 in.)

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Signed and numbered 141/300 in pencil, published by Shorewood Atelier, New York, for Documenta 5, framed.
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, ‘Orph, from Documenta portfolio’, 1972, Print, Lithograph in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins, Phillips
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Image: 50.9 x 76 cm (20 x 29 7/8 in.)
Sheet: 60.8 x 86.4 cm (23 7/8 x 34 in.)

Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered 141/300 in pencil, published by Shorewood Atelier, New York, for Documenta 5, framed.
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

Orph, from Documenta portfolio, 1972

Lithograph in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins
23 9/10 × 34 in
60.8 × 86.4 cm
Edition 141/300
.
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