Offset photo-lithograph print on shiny paper, 22" by 22", the image a classic neon movie theatre facade, titled "Art" (possibly 1973), pencil signed in lower right margin by one of America's most important Photorealist, Hyperrealist pop artists, ROBERT COTTINGHAM (1935-). The print is sold as-is, in POOR condition, having unfortunately gotten quite wet at one point in time. Since it was not properly framed, (no mat, direct contact with the glass), that moisture caused it to stick to the glass, and after some attempt to try to free it from that, I have given up and accepted that it is in the condition it is in. Note the condition issues in the photos provided. **As the work is now so very delicate, this is a local pickup only situation.** If you admire the artist's work, but are not able to purchase a painting for five or even six figures, or a limited edition screenprint in the $5,000 area, you might be able to salvage this piece for posterity. Professional help might get this off the glass without causing further damage but that would doubtless come at a cost. Cottingham was born in New York and had his first solo show in 1971. After study at Pratt Institute and the Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, he became an advertising agency art director for a time, in Los Angeles. It was at this time that he began to produce paintings. He works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and in a wide range of graphic art. As one of the foremost contemporary realists, he has utilized photography to help him focus on often gritty urban subject matter like architectural facades, and signs; he early on recognized them as Americana. By 1998 the artist had a show of his work at the Smithsonian. Today most major American museums hold his art.
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