Robert Cottingham (American)
Born 1935, Brooklyn, NY
Lives and works in Newtown, CT
Robert Cottingham belongs to the generation of new 20th century painters who successfully assimilated photography into their work. This movement in art became known as Photo Realism. Cottingham uses the photograph as a sketchbook of his visual imagery. He is fascinated by the power of various combinations of lettering that appear as advertisements on the streets of our communities. These familiar and seemingly ordinary symbols epitomize the brash, bold American way of life and free enterprise. Cottingham successfully employs compositional devices that add interest to his urban images. His concern for formalist abstraction encourages the viewer to focus on the play of light and the passage of time through his work as he records the phenomenon of the 20th century urban landscape.
Robert Cunningham is a major luminary of the international style known as Photo Realism. It developed quietly during the early 1960's and emerged as the predominant style in the Documenta 5 1972 in Kassel, Germany, an international exhibition that is one of the most important in the world. Cunningham’s paintings and prints are represented in most public art museums across the United States.
Screenprint, Ed. 36 of 60, 46" x 46", SOLD