JOYCE WIELAND "UNTITLED (RED CLOUDS)" 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, throughout her career Wieland would explore the role of women, the body, nationalism, and intimacy using a variety of mediums - yet illustration was always the bedrock of her practice.
Perhaps one of the bravest and memorable elements in her oeuvre is her willing to explore and depict sexuality in a manner that is not pandering to the male gaze.
Parallel to North American feminist activity in the 60s, this work recalls yonic rather than phallic imagery, a theme also found in the works of Wieland’s contemporaries, such as Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, and Lynda Benglis.
While these choices in subject matter were derided by critics at the time, Wieland’s depictions of female sexual imagery are now appreciated for their ground-breaking place on the frontier of abstract and figurative forms.
“Untitled” (which we've nicknamed "Red Clouds") is exemplary of Wieland’s style of surrealistic sexual imagery, as the red clouds merge into genital shapes.
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.
Canada, circa 1962
Red ink and colored pencil (verso) on paper
6"H 9"W (work)
Very good condition.
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