An abstracted landscape in which Cook merged the stepped pueblo architecture of New Mexico with the skyscrapers of New York City. Blocks of terra-cotta, lavender, and umber are defined by rows of columns and windows. These forms are contrasted by vertical white passages that simultaneously suggest tall buildings and mountain peaks.
Cook lived in New York and New Mexico and traveled cross-country frequently, including a 1945 train trip from New York to New Mexico on the Santa Fe “Chief” with Georgia O’Keeffe.
[Grand Central Moderns Gallery, New York, NY];
Samuels Hayes, New York, NY, 1958;
Estate of Samuels Hayes, New York, NY;
[Christie’s, East, October 1, 1998, lot 189];
[Owings-Dewey Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM];
Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection, New York, NY, 2001;
New York. Grand Central Moderns Gallery. Howard Cook, Recent Paintings and Drawings, November 16-December 5, 1956, np., cat. no. 12.
Tulsa. Philbrook Museum of Art. A Creative Union: Howard Cook and Barbara Latham, November 2, 2014-January 4, 2015.
Tulsa. Philbrook Museum of Art. From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection (February 8-May 3, 2015); Phoenix. Phoenix Art Museum (June 5-September 6, 2015); Santa Fe. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (September 25, 2015-January 10, 2016).
Corpus Christi. The Art Museum of South Texas. Masterpieces of American Modernism from the Vilcek Collection of American Art. September 13, 2018-January 6, 2019.
Devree, Howard. “Two Who Paint in Highly Personal Styles,” New York Times, November 25, 1956.
Samuels Hayes Collection. Christie’s, East. American Paintings and Sculpture. October 1, 1998, lot 189, ill. np.
Agee, William C. and Lewis Kachur. Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection. London: Merrell, 2013, pp. 218-219, 262, ill. p. 219.
O’Hern, John. “Modern Manor,” American Fine Art Magazine, September/October 2013, p. 56.
Watts Jr., James D. “Modern masterworks: Philbrook exhibit brings American masters to Tulsa,” Tulsa World, February 12, 2015.