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1964

Artist

Sydney Ball

Australia

29 Oct 1933 – 05 Mar 2017

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  • 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
    Copyright
    © Estate of Sydney Ball. Courtesy Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

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    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.

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