HAROLD TOWN "SUMMER FRIEZE" DRAWING, 1973
Harold Town (1924-1990) remains one of the most fascinating characters from the "Painters Eleven" group.
While Town coined the group's name (based on the number of artists who simply attended their first meeting) his output was diverse and ever-changing.
The 1970's were are incredibly diverse and fertile time for the artist. It is remarkable that the same artist produced the "French Postcards", "Superstars", "Stretch" and "Toy Horse" series within less than a decade. For a new generation looking at Harold Town these series read as fresh, dynamic, graphic and impactful. We would argue that the 1970's is the part of Town's oeuvre that is most deserving of critical and institutional reevaluation.
This intimate ink drawing is a lovely gem, acting as a bridge between the pure abstraction of the stretch series and the graphic figuration in "Toy Horses". The work is not purely abstract, as Town interprets a frieze; a decorative motif that typically appears on a wall next to the ceiling as a band of pattern.
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Ink and mixed media on paper.
Signed and dated Aug. 73, by the Artist
Mazelow and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts labels verso
8.5"W 6"H (artwork)
18"W 16"H (framed)
Very good condition.