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Title

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1964


Artist

Sydney Ball

Australia

29 Oct 1933 - 05 Mar 2017


About

Sydney Ball was among the most significant Australian abstractionists of the mid - late 20th century. His early study and influences in Adelaide were challenged by his exposure to American Abstract Expressionist painting in New York, where he lived from 1963-65 and 1969-71. During this time Ball studied lithography with Harry Sternberg (American, 1904-2001) and painting with Abstract expressionist Theodoros Stamos (1922-97) at the Art Students League, New York.

Ball's American experience had a profound influence on his work; his was a central inclusion in the landmark NGV exhibition of Australian abstraction 'The Field' in 1968, and his work had a strong influence on a generation of younger painters who shared his interest in Greenberg-ian abstraction.

The ‘Canto’ prints were made by the artist while living and working in New York in the 1960s as an investigation into hard edge colour, and symmetric form, a preoccupation for a number of his American contemporaries. The title comes from the ‘Cantos’ poems by Ezra Pound.


Details


Date

1964


Media category

Print


Materials used

lithograph on cream wove paper


Edition

1/8


Dimensions

36.8 x 44.8 cm sheet; 38.5 x 46.6 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil " 'BALL '64' ".


Credit

Gift of Lynne Eastaway 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

256.2018


Artist information

Sydney Ball

Works in the collection

52