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Robert Cottingham Art

American, b. 1935
Robert Cottingham is an American painter best known for his Photorealist depictions of cropped commercial signage. Born on September 26, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY, Cottingham studied at Pratt Institute. He received his BFA in 1963 before starting a five-year career in commercial advertising. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Cottingham seriously committed himself to his painting practice, which eventually subsumed his advertising career by 1968 as the artist rose to prominence along with the Photorealist movement. Notably—though Cottingham is considered among the most prominent Photorealists of the latter half of the 20th century—he disavowed his relationship to the movement. Instead, he views his work as part of the lineage of vernacular Americana painters, including the likes of Stuart Davis and Edward Hopper. His work can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art collections in New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.
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Artist: Robert Cottingham
Empire, by Robert Cottingham (photorealistic image of neon sign )
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
Robert Cottingham is known for imagery that celebrates the history of communications in America, specifically neon signage on urban storefronts and signs on railroad cars. In 2008, ...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

AMERICAN SIGNS (PORTFOLIO OF 12)
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Aventura, FL
Each hand signed, titled, numbered and dated, lower margin. Screen print in colors on wove paper with full margins. Each sheet size: 38 x 37. Each image size: 32 x 32. Certificate of Authenticity included. Complete Suite, edition 69/100. Published by Greg Smith...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Paper, Screen

Blues (The Original Edition)
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
Robert Cottingham Blues (The Original), 1989 Color aquatint on wove paper Edition 31/45 Pencil signed and numbered by Robert Cottingham on the front Framed This is the original, stri...
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1980s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Aquatint

M
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, titled, numbered and dated, lower margin. Screen print in colors on wove paper with full margins. Sheet size: 38 x 37 inches. Image size: 32 x 32 inches. Frame size approx 41 x 40 inches. Edition of 100. From American Signs portfolio. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by Greg Smith...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen, Paper

NITE
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, titled, numbered and dated, lower margin. Screen print in colors on wove paper with full margins. Sheet size: 38 x 37 inches. Image size: 32 x 32 inches. Frame size approx 41 x 40 inches. Edition of 100. From American Signs portfolio. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by Greg Smith...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen, Paper

BLUES
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, titled, numbered and dated, lower margin. Screen print in colors on wove paper with full margins. Sheet size: 38 x 37 inches. Image size: 32 x 32 inches. Frame size approx 41 x 40 inches. Edition of 100. From American Signs portfolio. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by Greg Smith...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen, Paper

AMERICAN HI FI
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, titled, numbered and dated, lower margin. Screen print in colors on wove paper with full margins. Sheet size: 38 x 37. Image size: 32 x 32. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by Greg Smith...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen, Paper

Roxy
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
Created by Robert Cottingham in 2002, Roxy is an original color lithograph on paper. Hand-signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil from the edition of 30, the artwork measures 4...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Lithograph

Nite, 2009 from American Signs
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Robert Cottingham Nite, 2009 Screenprint in colors on wove paper 38 1/4 × 37 in 97.2 × 94 cm Edition of 100 From American Signs Series Hand-signed by artist, signed, editioned, titl...
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Early 2000s Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Blues, 2009 from American Signs
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Robert Cottingham Blues, 2009 Screenprint in colors on wove paper 38 1/4 × 37 in 97.2 × 94 cm Edition of 100 From American Signs Series Hand-signed by artist, signed, editioned, tit...
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Early 2000s Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Roxy
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
Color offset lithograph. Signed and numbered 2/100 in pencil by Cottingham. This work is based on the same-titled color screenprint by Cottingham.
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Color, Lithograph, Offset

Blues, from the American Signs Portfolio (hand signed by Robert Cottingham)
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
Robert Cottingham Blues, from the American Signs Portfolio (hand signed by Robert Cottingham), 2009 Screenprint in colors on wove paper Pencil signed, numbered 66/100, dated, and tit...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Cold Beer (with coca cola sign) photorealist print
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
Two Color Offset Lithograph on Wove Paper Pencil signed, titled and numbered from the edition of 150 on the front This hand signed, titled and numbered lithograph was printed in 197...
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1980s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Lithograph

Lone Star
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Washington Depot,, CT
An iconic representation of Cottingham's neon sign paintings
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1990s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Paper, Gouache

Don't Walk unique trial proof signed and inscribed by famed photorealist artist
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
Robert Cottingham Don't Walk, 1985 Three color Linoleum Cut on Paper Pencil signed, inscribed to Bryan and annotated TP Published by Chip Elwell Fine Prints Unique - Trial Proof This is a unique Trial Proof that Robert Cottingham inscribed, annotated and gifted to Bryan Konefsky, his longtime studio assistant in both Newtown, CT and Santa Fe New Mexico. Only one other example - a variant - of this early print, exists and is in the collection of the Smithsonian. Due to the untimely death of printer Chip Elwell in October of 1986, only two proofs in the woodcut medium were pulled: the present work, which Cottingham gifted to his longtime studio assistant, and the one at the Smithsonian. Furthermore and in another interesting turn of events, Elwell's studio was burglarized shortly after his death and among the items stolen were the original wood blocks for DON'T WALK. This is an historic work; and the only one available on the market. Measurements: Framed: 15 inches x 13.5 inches x .3 inches Artwork 12 inches x 10.5 inches Robert Cottingham Biography Robert Cottingham (b.1935, Brooklyn, NY) is recognised for his Photorealist paintings of American urban landscapes, particularly his depictions of painted and neon shop signs...
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1980s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Pencil, Linocut

Everybody's Bookshop, Everybody's Books
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
Robert Cottingham Everybody's Bookshop, Everybody's Books, 1975 Color Lithograph 23 × 18 inches Edition of 200 Signed and numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil (recto); Bears Ar...
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1970s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Lithograph

Rolling Stock for Armyn by Robert Cottingham
By Robert Cottingham
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Cottingham, American (1935 - ) Title: Rolling Stock Series: For Armyn Year: 1992 Medium: Aquatint Etching, signed, numbered and titled in pencil Edition: 43/60 Im...
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1990s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Aquatint, Etching

Hi Fi, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM HI FI, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' a...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Art, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Art, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' and...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Blues, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Blues, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' a...
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Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

M, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM M, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' and n...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

Nite, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM NIte, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' an...
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Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Rialto, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Rialto, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' ...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Drinks, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Drinks, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Champagne, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Champagne, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2...
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Contemporary Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Fox, from American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Fox, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' a...
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Early 2000s American Modern Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Hi, from American Signs Portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Hi, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' an...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Hot, from American Signs Portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Hot, from American Signs Portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' and...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

Star, from American Signs Portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM Star, from American Signs portfolio, 2009 screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) signed, dated `2009' and numbered edition of 100 in pencil -- Robert Cottingham B. 1935, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK Born in 1935 in Brooklyn, Robert Cottingham is known for his paintings and prints of urban American landscapes, particularly building facades, neon signs, movie marquees, and shop fronts. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1955 through 1958, he earned a BFA at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 1963. Cottingham began his professional artistic career as an art director for the advertising firm Young and Rubicam in the early 1960s. Although he is typically associated with Photorealism, Cottingham never considered himself a Photorealist, but rather a realist painter working in a long tradition of American vernacular scenes. In this respect, his work often draws parallels to a number of American painters such as Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, and Charles Sheeler. Cottingham’s interest in the intersections of art and commerce derive from his career as an adman and the influence of Pop art. Many of his paintings convey an interest in typography and lettering, as well as an awareness of the psychological impact of certain isolated words and letters. In his facades, techniques from advertising, namely cropping and enlarging, often produce words of enigmatic or comical resonance such as “Art,” “Ha,” or “Oh.” Cottingham’s enlarged sense of scale is reminiscent of James Rosenquist’s work, while his interest in text suggests the influence of Robert Indiana and Jasper Johns. In general, Cottingham viewed his work as continuing the legacy of Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, who also had a background in advertising. In 1964, Cottingham relocated to Los Angeles for work. There, inspired by the drastically different environment of the West Coast metropolis, he began to commit seriously to painting. Fascinated by Hollywood’s exaggerated glitz and the downtrodden atmosphere of the downtown, Cottingham saw in Los Angeles the relics of a bygone commercial heyday and desired to capture its kitschy and uncanny atmosphere, bathed in the near perpetual sunlight of Southern California. In 1968, Cottingham ended his advertising career in order to devote all his time to painting. In the late 1960s, he started using photography in his practice, first as an initial reference point for his process. After selecting a photograph, he translates it into black-and-white drawings by projecting the image onto gridded paper...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

American Signs portfolio
By Robert Cottingham
Located in New York, NY
ROBERT COTTINGHAM American Signs portfolio, 2009 The complete set of twelve screenprints in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 in (101.9 x 99.4 cm) all signed, dated `2009' and numbered edition of 100 in pencil, published by Exhibit A Fine Art and Editions and American Images Atelier, New York, all in excellent condition, contained in original gray silk-covered box with artist and title embossed with gold foil. Robert Cottingham B. 1935, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK Born in 1935 in Brooklyn, Robert Cottingham is known for his paintings and prints of urban American landscapes, particularly building facades, neon signs, movie marquees, and shop fronts. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1955 through 1958, he earned a BFA at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 1963. Cottingham began his professional artistic career as an art director for the advertising firm Young and Rubicam in the early 1960s. Although he is typically associated with Photorealism, Cottingham never considered himself a Photorealist, but rather a realist painter working in a long tradition of American vernacular scenes. In this respect, his work often draws parallels to a number of American painters such as Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, and Charles Sheeler. Cottingham’s interest in the intersections of art and commerce derive from his career as an adman and the influence of Pop art. Many of his paintings convey an interest in typography and lettering, as well as an awareness of the psychological impact of certain isolated words and letters. In his facades, techniques from advertising, namely cropping and enlarging, often produce words of enigmatic or comical resonance such as “Art,” “Ha,” or “Oh.” Cottingham’s enlarged sense of scale is reminiscent of James Rosenquist’s work, while his interest in text suggests the influence of Robert Indiana and Jasper Johns. In general, Cottingham viewed his work as continuing the legacy of Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, who also had a background in advertising. In 1964, Cottingham relocated to Los Angeles for work. There, inspired by the drastically different environment of the West Coast metropolis, he began to commit seriously to painting. Fascinated by Hollywood’s exaggerated glitz and the downtrodden atmosphere of the downtown, Cottingham saw in Los Angeles the relics of a bygone commercial heyday and desired to capture its kitschy and uncanny atmosphere, bathed in the near perpetual sunlight of Southern California. In 1968, Cottingham ended his advertising career in order to devote all his time to painting. In the late 1960s, he started using photography in his practice, first as an initial reference point for his process. After selecting a photograph, he translates it into black-and-white drawings by projecting the image onto gridded paper...
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Early 2000s American Realist Robert Cottingham Art

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Screen

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