Lot 2 Graphics: Toronto 20, 1965 (Portfolio)
TORONTO 20 (SUITE OF 20), 1965
Canadian

The complete suite of 20 prints original in various mediums on wove paper; numbered 30 of 100 in ink to the justification page, with forwarding text by Emilio del Junco, arch. M.R.A.I.C., and with brief biographies of the contributing artists and colophon. Each print loose as issued with tissue guards and contained in the original grey cloth covered portfolio box with cut out square to display title page. Published by Art Publications in co-operation with The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, printed at University of Toronto Press. Comprised of: 1.  Dennis Burton (1933 – 2013) Untitled (Woman’s legs) (9.28.65), 1965 block print on heavy wove blue paper, tipped to a wove paper support; signed, dated 9.28.65 and numbered 30 in pencil to bottom left edge; 2.  Jack Hamilton Bush (1909 – 1977) Untitled, 1965 Colour silkscreen on heavy wove paper; signed and dated 1965 at Toronto and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 3. Graham Coughtry (1931 – 1999) Untitled, 1965 Colour monoprint with poster paint stencil on paper; signed, dated 65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 4. Greg Curnoe (1936 – 1992) Hockey Stick Blades from West Lions Park, London, 1965 Embossed intaglio print with colour using a Taped Hockey Stick Blade and Rubber Stamp with original block relief remarque “30 / 100” on paper; signed, titled, dated Aug/65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 5. Sorel Etrog (1933 – 2014) Untitled, 1965 Embossing on pale grey heavy wove paper; tipped to a wove paper support; signed and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 6.  Gerald Gladstone (1929 – 2005) Untitled, 1965 Colour offset lithograph on paper; signed and numbered 30/100 in black ink to margin; 7. Richard Gorman (1935 – 2010) Untitled, 1965 Colour relief print using steel balls and magnets; signed, dated /65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 8.  Robert Burns Hedrick (1930 – ) Untitled, 1965 Colour offset lithograph on paper; signed, dated /65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 9. William Kurelek (1927 – 1977) The Hound of Heaven, 1965 Lithograph on wove paper; signed, titled and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 10. Les Levine (1936 – ) Untitled (The Wellesley Hospital), 1965 Colour silkscreen on Mylar; signed and numbered 30/100 in white pencil to top margin; 11. Robert Markle (1936 – ) Untitled, 1965 Lithograph on heavy wove paper; signed, dated 65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 12.  Waltraud  Markgraf (1937 ) Untitled, 1965 Silkscreen on heavy wove paper; signed, dated ‘65 and numbered 30 in pencil to top margin; 13. John Meredith (1933 – 2000) Untitled, 1965 Colour silkscreen on paper; signed, dated /65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 14.Kazuo Nakamura (1926 – 2002) Untitled, 1965 Etching with intaglio on Grumbacher  No. 110 blindstamped paper, tipped to a wove paper support; signed dated /65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 15. Gordon Rayner (1935 – 2010) Untitled (Frogs), 1965 Colour relief print using live frogs on paper; signed, dated 65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 16. William Smith Ronald (1926 – 1998) Untitled, 1965 Lithograph with colour block stamps; signed, dated ’65 and numbered no. 30 in pencil to margin; 17. Michael Snow (1929 –) Carla Bley, 1965 Photolithograph and colour block stamped Remarque on paper; titled in the plate, signed, dated ’65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 18. Mashel Alexander Teitelbaum (1921 – 1985) Untitled, 1965 Embossed print heightened with black ink on buff wove paper, tipped to a wove paper support; signed and numbered 30/100 in pencil to support; 19. Tony Urquhart (1934 – ), Unknown Landscape, 1965 Colour block print and coloured paper collage, tipped to a wove paper support; signed, titled, dated 1965 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to margin; 20. Joyce Wieland (1931–1998) Patriotism, 1965 Ozalid print on thin paper, tipped to a wove paper support; signed, dated 65 and numbered 30/100 in pencil to bottom edge.

27.2" / 69.2cm (height) x 21.3" / 54.0cm (width)


Est. $5000/7000
Realised: $6240
Auction Date: 10/06/2016


Literature: Ihor Holubizky, The Wunderkammer, 1998

Note: In the 1960s a resurgence in the art of printmaking in the United States was taking hold, while a similar exploration took place north of the border. Graphics: Toronto 20 celebrates the deep and diverse range of talent of the “The Toronto School” – each artist bringing to fruition their own voice and techniques, making this series a truly unique and seminal work in Canadian art history. The portfolio serves as a true and lasting testament to the rich artistic innovation originating from Toronto during this period.   The series features delightful prints by Painters Eleven members Jack Bush and William Ronald; Bush’s Untitled silkscreen captures the very essence of his iconic Colour Field style with large swatches of bold colours vertically stacked, creating a powerful monolith that anchors the print. Ronald, a constant artistic innovator sought inspiration from photography. The artist used found images from the press: here a monochromatic crowd scene, framed by blocks of green and yellow rectilinear forms, featuring intricate motifs.   Objects and living creatures were used by the variety of artists, promoting a sense of spontaneity, a uniqueness that breaks the mold of traditional printmaking process. Gordon Rayner painted a live frog whose dark figure emanates a sensational sense of movement. Greg Curnoe was focused upon the textural qualities of objects and their relief on paper – coating hockey sticks and stamps in his Hockey Stick Blades from West Lions Park.     Graphics: Toronto 20’s  unconventional approach to printmaking by these 20 artists was a turning point for Canadian Art, the printing process whose impact is strongly felt today.


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