KOSSO ELOUL "TIME" MULTIPLE, 1975
Kosso Eloul (1920-1995) is one of our favorite sculptors and an important contributor to public art in Ontario. His powerful but elegant sculptures can be found across Toronto...and beyond.
One of his most iconic and cherished works, a dramatic sculpture on the shore of Lake Ontario in Kingston.
The sculpture debuted in 1973 and was a gift from the government to celebrate the city's tercentennial.
"Time" is composed of two of Eloul's signature rectangles that emerge from the ground at an angle and nearly touch. For many years a rumour persisted that the sculpture was placed on a geological fault-line and the two elements would eventually touch.
The sculpture remains one of the artist's most known works. In 2014, with the permission of his widow, Rita Letendre, a group of students did a temporary intervention that wrapped the sculpture, in the spirit of Christo, to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the start of World War one.
This mixed-media multiple was created in the fall of 1975 and spring of 1976 at Toronto's legendary Open Studios. The work, with its original plexiglass box-frame, was a combination of screenprint, lithography and assemblage, celebrating the process and realization of "Time"
In addition to the numerous public sculptures in Toronto by Eloul, his works can be found in many other prominent public spaces around the world from California to Israel.
Many major institutions have examples of his work, both prints and sculptures, in their permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, the Israel Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mention a few.
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Signed, numbered and dated by the artist
30"W 22"H 3"D (including plexi frame)
Very good condition.
Note: the last three images are of the sculpture "Time" in situ