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Sydney Ball

Towards Toledo, 1976 - 1978

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acrylic, enamel and oil on cotton duck, 240 x 198cm

240.00 x 198.00

signed, titled and dated ‘Towards Toledo / Sydney Ball / 1976-78’ on reverse

Provenance:

Sullivan & Strumpf, 2007/8;
Private Collection, Sydney, since then

Literature & references:

Patrick McCaughey & Wendy Walker, Sydney Ball: The Stain Paintings 1971-80, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, 2013, p. 95 (catalogue not numbered);

“Looking at the Stain paintings forty years on, what strikes me is how different they are from each other today, how much variety there is from canvas to canvas. Each painting is a fresh encounter, as though Ball explicitly set out to never repeat itself… He varies his favoured colour propositions – blue and gold, red and green – with slashes of earth tones and royal purple. If you work in such a spontaneous, improvisatory way, you risk looking arbitrary, one slash of colour after another. Manifestly, this is not how we read the Stain paintings today. They seem so purposeful, brimming with conviction and feeling. What refutes the charge of arbitrariness is the constancy of the rhythms from painting to painting. In almost all of them forms rise from the bottom edge or cascade down from the top, meeting and making for the turbulent, energetic centre.”
McCaughey, op. cit. p

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