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Robert Cottingham (American, b. 1935)
Orph, 1972
Lithograph on Arches paper, 20-1/8 x 30-1/8 in.
Signed in pencil at lower right: Cottingham. Edition in pencil at lower left: 5/300. Shorewood Atelier embossment at lower right.
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Mandel.  1976.9.6




About This Work

Best known as one of the founders of Photorealism (also known as Super Realism) in the mid-1960s, Robert Cottingham creates prints that puzzle and delight the eye. Drawing on the banal and commercial subject matter of Pop Art, Cottingham and other Photorealists manipulated traditionally painterly mediums with such photographic precision that the line between painting and photography becomes blurred. While the Photorealists depict a wide range of subjects, Cottingham focuses on the shining and colorful signs and architecture of the contemporary urban landscape.

Orph was commissioned for the 1972 group exhibition Documenta 5, an annual contemporary art show held in Kassel, Germany. Featuring works by Chuck Close, Ralph Goings, Franz Gertsch, Cottingham, and many other Photorealists, Documenta 5 heralded the advent of Photorealism on an international stage.





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