HAROLD BARLING TOWN, R.C.A.
Walter and Else Landauer, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
David Burnett, Town, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1986 pages 142-152 for an extensive discussion of the Enigma Series.
XXIII Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 1965, cat.no. 37.
According to Burnett, the Enigma drawings were made during an eight year period beginning in January 1964. Burnett writes: “the series gained instant notoriety when ten of the drawings (including this lot) were included in the representation of his work for the 1964 Venice Biennale. Two of the drawings were found to be offensive by a cardinal... who ordered them removed.” Harold Town was amused by this and Burnett quotes him as quipping “It’s ironic that the pictures were removed on the complaint of a cardinal. I regard censorship as a cardinal sin.”