(British, b. 1959)
Graphite, resin, and oil on coated paper
Support: Coated paper
Sheet: 102 x 72 cm (40 3/16 x 28 3/8 in.)
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Gift of Bob Kaye 2004.109
Old postcards and photographs serve as points of reference for Cook’s drawings of theaters that combine a painterly surface with a photographic aesthetic. The upper portion of Enticing suggests the interior of a Baroque theater with forms that resemble extravagant chandeliers and balconies. The foreground is a shimmering, fluid surface evocative of pooling water. The contrast between the representational and the abstract passages of the composition reflects Cook’s interest in both real and surreal imagery.
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