Very Pictorial Conceptual Art

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Stanley / Barker, 2024. First edition.
Hardcover, silk screened, multiple gate folds, 148 pp., b/w illustrated, 295 x 235 mm. Photographs by Robert Cumming. Text by David Campany. Design byJesse Feinman.

Very Pictorial Conceptual Art. Photographs 1968-1980

Robert Cumming was an American artist who defied easy classification. A painter, sculptor, photographer, and printmaker he is perhaps best known for his painstakingly constructed conceptual photographs. This new publication edited by David Campany explores Cumming’s highly influential photographic works from the 1970s.

Cumming first came to photography in the 1960s as a means of photographing his sculptural works, but a found that at a certain point, he was happier with the photographs than he was with the sculptures themselves. Cumming would go on to produce an archive of immaculate photographs of functional-looking yet perplexing constructions with an 8x10” camera from his Los Angeles studio. Each entices the viewer to look ever deeper into the image to define its elusive intention. 

'Robert Cumming was an artist so self-possessed, so unlike any other, and so consumed by his own unique set of concerns, that what he made could have come only from him. There is an entire universe of thinking, making and picturing that is pure Robert Cumming'. - David Campany

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Musée Magazine, The Guardian, The New Yorker,

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