tooker

cubicle_tooker

^ landscape with figures, 1965-66

governmentbureau_tooker

^ government bureau

‘magic’ realist george tooker (still kickin’; he just turned 89 last month) studied at the art students league in new york (under the great reginald marsh and paul cadmus, among others) in the ’40s. tooker was inspired by medieval /early renaissance frescoes, and he painted using egg tempera, spending laborious months executing each carefully-planned piece.

subway_tooker

^ subway

tookerwaitingroom

^ waiting room

teller_tooker

^ teller

waitingroomII_tooker

ward

his more famous works deal with post-war alienation. paintings like government bureau, the waiting room, and subway are modern parables, showing people in the throes of social claustrophobia, isolation, paranoia. naturally i really dug all that when i was sixteen, but now it finally occurred to me to look further into his work, where his themes seem to broaden from social misery/government to more general relationships.

from the book by robert cozzolino:

“By focusing on individuals and the lives they lead in society, whether evident in their choices of intimacy or their dehumanizing political systems, Tooker has given the world multiple stories about what it is to live in the second half of the twentieth century and now in the twenty-first. (8)”

bed_tooker

boy

boy_tooker

Corporate Decision, 1983 1ac

divers_tooker

double portrait

drama

embraceofpeaceII_tooker

figures_tooker

lantern_tooker

lovers_tooker

loversII_tooker

meadow_tooker

Mirror II, 1963 1a

plant_tooker

Red Carpet, 1953 1ac

Sevillanas, 1975-76 1a

Terminal, 1986 1ac

windowvii_tooker

womanwithoranges_tooker

> george tooker comprehensive reference

> a good tooker post at the art blog.

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