• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5529

    20th Century British Art

    31 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 150

    Roger Cook (b. 1940)

    Gandalf

    Price Realised  

    Roger Cook (b. 1940)
    Gandalf
    signed, inscribed and dated 'GANDALF 1966 Roger Cook' (on the canvas-overlap)
    oil on canvas, unframed
    86¼ x 60½ in. (219 x 153.7 cm.)


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    Cook is concerned with the identity of the canvas, taking canvases, painting them in single colours and adding one to the other as coloured units:

    'When I start painting I usually have a clear idea of the shape, arrived at from making scaled drawings. I start to draw by assembling the stretched canvases to a preconceived shape. I usually have an independent idea about the colour surface. Once I have applied the colour to the canvases it is a battle between the shape (drawing) and the colour. Both undergo changes. The painting is finished when the colour and the drawing seem to achieve independent identities and through this 'Identity in Difference' are able to relate' (Exhibition Catalogue, The New Generation, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1966, p. 56).

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    Provenance

    with Rowan Gallery, London.


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, The New Generation, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1966, p. 55, no. 21, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    London, Whitechapel Gallery, The New Generation, June - July 1966, no. 21.