Brooklyn-born Robert Cottingham gained acclaim as a great photorealist painter of America’s signs and building facades. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Cottingham was fascinated with the image of a star on billboard marquees and electrified commercial signs. He was inspired to incorporate the star with common letter forms and images in creative compositions to evoke the American spirit. Now through January 9, 2011, this nostalgic exhibition debuts a series of 20 iconic star silkscreens on canvas, based on color variations of one of his most familiar images.
In this poignant exhibition, Cottingham sentimentally depicts the vanishing icons of American culture. His shimmering paintings feature the beloved symbols of our time with the bold imagery of stars to provide an intriguing look back at a simpler time.
Robert Cottingham, Twenty Ways To See A Star is on display now through January 9, 2011 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park. For more information, call 561.392.2500 or visit www.bocamuseum.org
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