The Art of Canada Auction (Canadian Art)

May 30, 2016

LOT 128
HAROLD TOWN
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128

HAROLD TOWN

TWO WORKS: ENIGMA NO. 10 (WEDDING COUPLE AND CAMERA) AND ENIGMA NO. 12 (CAPTAIN AND STOVE)

ink and wash on light brown paper
both signed, the first dated “3-4-5-2-/64”, the second dated “11-14-2-/64”
19.25 ins x 22.75 ins; 48.9 cms x 57.8 cms

Estimate $7,000-$9,000

Realised: $7,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

According to David 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 (among which were the two in this lot) were included in 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.”

Literature:

David Burnett, Town, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1986, pages 142-152 for an extensive discussion of the Enigma Series.

Provenance:

Walter and Else Landauer, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Exhibited:

XXXII Esposizione Biennale Internazionale d’Arte, (Venice Biennale), Venice, Italy, 1964, cat. no.35 and cat. no.36 respectively

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Artist Groups: Painters Eleven
Medium: Works on Paper
Signed