Robert Cottingham: Twenty Ways to See a Star

Oct 12, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Robert Cottingham (American, born in Brooklyn 1935- ), the great photorealist painter of America’s signs and building facades, would return to the image of the star – in billboard marquees and electrified commercial signs.  Using letter forms, words and parts of words in his paintings, his images underline the artist’s fascination with everyday commonplace objects which evoke an essence of the American spirit. This exhibition debuts a series of 20 iconic Star silkscreens on canvas by Cottingham, based on color variations of one of his most recognizable images.

Cottingham established himself in the early 1970s as one of the first generation photorealists with such renowned artists as Richard Estes and Chuck Close. Abstraction and realism are skillfully wedded in Cottingham’s shimmering paintings depicting the vanishing objects and icons of American culture, such as commercial neon signs, which were the inspiration behind Cottingham’s star paintings and prints. Cottingham worked on this three-year project with master printer Gary Lichtenstein and Michael McKenzie of American Image Atelier in New York, to produce this new series of monumental Star paintings silkscreened onto canvas.  

This exhibition is organized in conjunction with Rosenbaum Contemporary Gallery, Gallery Center, Boca Raton.

Sponsored in part by the SunSentiel

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Robert Cottingham: Twenty Ways to See a Star

ROBERT COTTINGHAM, Southern Star, 2009, silkscreen on canvas, 79 x 79 inches. Courtesy of American Image Atelier