JOYCE WIELAND "HANDS WITH" DRAWING, 1960s
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was one of the most accomplished and versatile Canadian artists of the 20th century. Emerging on the Toronto art scene at the beginning of the 1960s, over the course of her career Wieland explored the role of women, the body, nationalism, and intimacy using a variety of mediums.
The influence of cartoons, film strips and storyboards can be seen in much of Wieland's output during the 1960's. While abstraction was the dominant force in art of the 1950's, in the 1960's thanks to the emergence of Pop Art, representational and narrative elements were embraced (or tolerated) by the avant-garde of the day.
Wieland began dividing up her surfaces to convey narrative or a sequential scene - similar to a storyboard in film pre-production. Or as we see here, a single image can be animated or depicted morphing into another activity or something else entirely.
This drawing displays the artist's characteristic, humour-laden probe at traditional depictions of female forms.
Click here to see a similar study from Wieland, located in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada.
Wieland's works can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery, Museum London and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto).
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Signed by the artist.
Graphite on sketchbook page
8.5"H 11"W (work)
Very good condition
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