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Robert Cottingham (American, b. 1935)

Cottingham is generally recognized as one of the most important American Photorealists. His works have been the subject of numerous gallery and museum retrospectives including Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints (National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1998-99), Robert Cottingham—A Print Retrospective 1972-1989 (Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc WI), Robert Cottingham—A Print Retrospective 1972-1986 (Nelson-Atkins Museum [1986-87], Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University [1988], Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University [1990)] Center Gallery, Bucknell University [1988], and 8 other museums).

Cottingham's works are in the permanent collections of such museums as The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Brooklyn Museum of Arts, The Corcoran Gallery and The Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), The Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh), the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Davison Art Center (Wesleyan University), The Denver Art Museum, The Des Moines Art Center, The Fogg Art Museum (Harvard), the Hamburg Museum (Germany), High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.), the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Madison WI), the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands), National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Rose Art Museum (Brandeis), Rothman Collection (Canada), St. Louis Art Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Tate Galley (London), Utrecht Museum (Netherlands), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Williams College Museum of Art, The Yale University Art Gallery, and the Elvehjem Museum of Art (University of Wisconsin), and 58 others.

Bibliography: William C. Landwehr and John Arthur, Robert Cottingham: A Print Retrospective 1972-1986 (Springfield MO: Springfield Art Museum, 1986): this work illustrates 78 of Cottingham's prints; by now it must be out of date, but I cannot find any references to a more current version).
Don't Walk (C. 65), it is an original color woodcut printed on Okawara Cream paper from 3 woodblocks in 3 colors (2 reds and black). Cottingham worked on the piece between 1986 and 1991. Of this final version there were 120 signed & numbered impressions for the Madison Print Club (of which ours is n. 21/120). Originally cut by Chip Elwell, but not editioned when Elwell died, the blocks were recut by Cottingham and Joe Wilfer (of the Madison Art Center) in 1990 and printed (and dated) in 1991. Cottingham is one of the leading Photorealists (although this piece is somewhat expressionist). Image size: 235x502mm. Edition: 120 signed and numbered impressions for the Madison Print Club plus 20 artist's proofs. Image size: 235x502mm. Price: $1500.

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