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Robert Cottingham:
Early Drawings & Related Works

October 25, 2014 – November 22, 2014

Barbara Krakow Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition of work by Robert Cottingham.  While our first exhibition with Cottingham was of his landmark cycle of works, “An American Alphabet”, this new exhibition takes a wider and deeper historic lens to the artist’s works with a focus on his early drawings.

Cottingham was born in Brooklyn in 1935, received his BFA from Pratt Institute and then attended the Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena.  He began his professional life in Los Angeles as an art director in advertising.  His first fine art works took inspiration from the imagery outside his office window. For 45+ years, Cottingham has been making drawings, prints and paintings derived from photographs he has taken.  While he is known for his photo-realistic depictions of daily objects, scenes signs, Cottingham does not consider himself a photorealist artists.  His work expands, instead of replicating, the photographic image.
 
This current exhibition, by presenting drawings juxtaposed with prints, shows the essence of Cottingham’s works: how he decides on structure and format, what he does to illustrate various visual phenomena, and the active and continually evolving decision making process that he goes through in order to best highlight, isolate and contrast elements and scenes.
 
Works by Robert Cottingham are in the collections of most major museums in America and have been included in exhibitions of American art, realism, hyper-realism, photorealism and printmaking at museums worldwide.   A retrospective of Robert Cottingham’s print work was organized and exhibited by the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC in 1998.

Works In Exhibition

TATTOO

Robert Cottingham TATTOO 1975 Color lithograph

Image size:  34 1/8 x 34 inches (86.7 x 86.4 cm)
Paper size:  36 1/8 x 36 inches (91.8 x 91.4 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed ‘Cottingham’ and dated lower right, numbered and titled lower left
(Inventory #26237)

TATTOO

Robert Cottingham TATTOO 1971 Graphite on vellum

Image size:  10 3/4 x 11 inches (27.3 x 27.9 cm)
Paper size:  13 3/4 x 16 7/8 inches (34.9 x 42.9 cm)
Signed ‘Cotthingham’ lower right
(Inventory #26245)

PARKING

Robert Cottingham PARKING 1971 Graphite on vellum

Image size:  10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)
Paper size:  13 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches (33.7 x 42.5 cm)
Signed ‘Cotthingham’ lower right
(Inventory #26249)

GALWAY

Robert Cottingham GALWAY 1971 Graphite on vellum

Image size:  11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Paper size:  13 7/8 x 16 3/4 inches (35.2 x 42.5 cm)
Signed ‘Cotthingham’ lower right
(Inventory #26248)

ODE

Robert Cottingham ODE 1971 Graphite on vellum

Image size:  10 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches (26.7 x 27.3 cm)
Paper size:  13 3/4 x 16 5/8 inches (34.9 x 42.2 cm)
Signed ‘Cotthingham’ lower right
(Inventory #26250)

EMPIRE

Robert Cottingham EMPIRE 2012 Graphite on vellum

Image size:  22 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches (57.5 x 39.4 cm)
Paper size:  23 5/8 x 17 inches (60 x 43.2 cm)
Signed ‘Cottingham’ lower right and titled lower left
(Inventory #26239)

EMPIRE

Robert Cottingham EMPIRE 2008 Graphite on vellum

Image size:  18 7/8 x 22 3/4 inches (47.9 x 57.8 cm)
Paper size:  23 3/4 x 19 inches (60.3 x 48.3 cm)
Frame size:  28 1/4 x 31 1/4 inches (71.8 x 79.4 cm)
Signed ‘Cottingham’ and dated on reverse
(Inventory #26243)

EMPIRE II

Robert Cottingham EMPIRE II 2010 Graphite on vellum

Image size:  37 x 20 inches (94 x 50.8 cm)
Paper size:  39 x 23 inches (99.1 x 58.4 cm)
Frame size:  48 x 30 3/4 inches (121.9 x 78.1 cm)
Signed ‘Cottingham’ and dated lower right, titled lower left
(Inventory #26242)

WOMEN GIRLS

Robert Cottingham WOMEN GIRLS 1978 Graphite on vellum

Image/paper size:  23 1/2 x 16 3/8 inches (59.7 x 41.6 cm)
Signed ‘Cottingham’ lower right and along lower left edge
(Inventory #26238)

STAR

Robert Cottingham STAR 1977, printed 1978, published 1980 Etching with aquatint

Image size:  10 1/8 x 10 3/8 inches (25.7 x 26.4 cm)
Paper size:  17 1/8 x 17 3/8 inches (43.5 x 44.1 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed ‘Cottingham’ and dated lower right, titled lower center and numbered lower left
(Inventory #26258)

STAR

Robert Cottingham STAR 1975 Graphite on newsprint

Image size:  32 3/4 x 28 1/2 inches (83.2 x 72.4 cm)
Paper size:  36 5/8 x 29 1/8 inches (93 x 74 cm)
Signed ‘Cottingham’ lower right
(Inventory #26251)

THRIFTY

Robert Cottingham THRIFTY 1969 Graphite on vellum

Image size:  17 x 18 3/8 inches  (43.2 x 46.7 cm)
Paper size:  23 1/8 x 18 3/8 inches  (58.7 x 46.7 cm)
Signed ‘Cottingham’ lower right
(Inventory #26247)

HOT

Robert Cottingham HOT 1973 Graphite on paper

Image size:  20 7/8 x 20 7/8 inches (53 x 53 cm)
Paper size:  25 x 25 inches (63.5 x 63.5 cm)
(Inventory #26244)

HOT

Robert Cottingham HOT 1973 Color lithograph

Image size:  21 x 20 7/8 inches (53.3 x 53 cm)
Paper size:  23 x 22 7/8 inches (58.4 x 58.1 cm)
Edition of 100
Signed ‘Cottingham’ lower left, numbered lower right
(Inventory #26241)

FRANKFURTERS HAMBURGERS

Robert Cottingham FRANKFURTERS HAMBURGERS 1977, printed 1978, published 1980 Color lithograph

Image size:  10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)
Paper size:  17 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches (44.5 x 44.5 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed ‘Cottingham’ and dated lower right, numbered lower left
(Inventory #26255)

BLACK GIRL AND THE BUTCHER

Robert Cottingham BLACK GIRL AND THE BUTCHER 1977, printed 1978, published 1980 Color lithograph

Image size:  10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)
Paper size:  17 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches (44.5 x 44.5 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed ‘Cottingham’ and dated lower right, numbered lower left
(Inventory #26256)