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Will Cotton’s Sweet Candy Dreams

Art & Design

Rizzoli releases the New York funhouse artist’s first book of monographs.

We love Will Cotton’s joie de vivre, his big-arse nudes, his candy palate. We’ll be there to wish him well at the Partners & Spade book release party this Friday eve, over by the Bowery.

Here’s what Rizzoli has to say about “Will Cotton: Paintings & Works on Paper”:

“This book–the artist’s first monograph–is a celebration of Cotton’s work in all mediums: prints, drawings, canvases, and public events. In addition to this elegantly designed trade volume, a limited edition of one hundred copies accompanied by a signed and numbered print will be available through Pace Prints.

“Cotton is best known for his depictions of ‘landscapes’ composed of sweets: fondant frostings, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, and cotton-candy clouds often inhabited by languidly posed females.

“Executed with flawless skill and technique, Cotton’s work is an optical delight and is formally resonant with the influences of seventeenth-century rococo paintings, the nudes of Bouguereau and Cabanel, and the classic American pin-ups of George Petty and Alberto Vargas.“

And: “Cotton’s figures are often inspired by models such as burlesque performers and fellow artists from the art, film, and music worlds.”

The little dervish has been busy. Still repped by the formidable Mary Boone, Cotton has a swell collaborator on the book: the prose-worthy Francine Prose.

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