BETTY ROODISH GOODWIN (1923-2008)
VEST FRAGMENT ONE
signed, titled, dated 5/1972 and numbered 2/15
sheet 25.5 ins x 19.5 ins; 64.8 cms x 49.5 cms
The years spanning 1967-1975 are known as Betty Goodwin’s “Vest” period but her subject matter extended far beyond this iconic image to include objects such as shirts, gloves, hats, shoes, texts and parcels. This body of work, with its Pop Art sensibilities, provided a means by which Goodwin could, “…cleanse her art of past practices – to reinvent it. In doing so, she found that essential connection between herself and her art.”
Vest Fragment One (1972) is a print produced near the end of the “Vest” series as Goodwin’s interests were pulling her in yet another new direction.
Tovell, Rosemarie L., The Prints of Betty Goodwin, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2002, page 160-161.
Private Collection, Quebec
Galerie B, Montreal
Kosso Eloul/Betty Goodwin/Rita Letendre, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, 28 August - 9 September 1972.
Group Show, Galerie B, Montreal, c. 28 April - 20 May, 1973.
Vest Prints, D’Avanti, Ottawa, 15-26 May 1973.
The Art of Betty Goodwin, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 18 November 1998 - 7 March 1999.