The American Federation of Arts (AFA) is pleased to
announce that artist Will Cotton is the first featured
speaker in the 2010/11 ArtTalks series, to be held at
Christie’s on Tuesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m.
ArtTalks, the AFA’s lecture series, features notable figures
in the art world.
Cotton’s lecture, audience members are invited to
participate in a question-and-answer session and a wine
reception hosted by Christie’s.
About Will Cotton:
Cotton is internationally recognized for his dreamy
landscapes often composed of sugary desserts and idealized
female figures. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources
such as pin-ups and bakery windows, Cotton’s prints,
canvases, and interactive projects explore the promise and
possibility of gluttony, beauty, and desire. The convergence
of indulgence and appetite has been a recurring theme in his
work, and his art has long incorporated images of cotton
candy, macaroons, peppermints, frosting, cakes, lollipops,
marshmallows, and other sweet confections.
Cotton’s work is represented by Mary Boone Gallery in New
York and by Daniel Templon in Paris. His work has been shown
in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, the Seattle
Art Museum, the Flag Art Foundation, and the Columbus Museum
of Art. Other projects have included a pop-up French bakery
at Partners & Spade, New York, and a set of limited-edition
pajamas designed for the 2009 Creative Time Slumber Party.
Cotton recently served as the artistic director for the
California Gurls music video for pop singer Katy Perry:
the video places Perry in a world completely made of the
confectionary elements found in his paintings. Cotton lives
and works in New York.
About the American Federation of Arts:
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the AFA is a nonprofit
institution that organizes art exhibitions for presentation
in museums around the world, publishes exhibition
catalogues, and develops various educational programs. The
AFA’s mission is to enrich the public’s experience of art
and understanding of culture by organizing and traveling a
diverse offering of exhibitions embracing all aspects of art
history. Over the years, millions of visitors in museums
around the world have viewed more than 3,000 AFA
exhibitions. For more information about the AFA’s
exhibitions, publications, ArtTalks, and online resources,
In-kind support for ArtTalks is provided by Christie’s.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 6:30–8:00 pm
Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, 49th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
Subway: B, D, F, V to Rockefeller Center; E to 53rd Street
$15; $10 for AFA members and students with valid ID. Seating
is limited and reservations are required. For reservations,
please call 212.988.7700 ext. 210 or e-mail