LOT 006

1942 - 2019

Boxer Table
bronze, patina and glass sculpture
signed, editioned 3/3 and dated 1986
15 1/4 x 30 1/4 x 30 1/4 in, 38.7 x 76.8 x 76.8 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at: PacArt, Toronto

Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Pierre Théberge, Joe Fafard: The Bronze Years, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1996, reproduced page 93, listed page 118
Terrence Heath, Joe Fafard, 2007, page 169, reproduced pages 136 and 219, listed page 219

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Joe Fafard: The Bronze Years, November 21, 1996 - February 16, 1997, catalogue #78
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Joe Fafard, September 29, 2007 - January 6, 2008, traveling in 2008 - 2009 to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; the Glenbow Museum, Calgary; and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, catalogue #33

Joe Fafard produced a series of tables, using glass tops supported by cast bronze supports, which incorporate diverse imagery, from animals such as horses, cows and buffalo to the boxers in this sculpture. In these works, Fafard makes a useful object – a piece of furniture - into a fine work of art. Terrence Heath wrote, “The tables in particular are small exhibition spaces, domestic galleries. They are like rooms with sides and tops; within are exhibited pieces of sculpture, which are also part of the structure of the space itself.” The table supports are constructed in an intriguing manner – Fafard picked reeds from the banks of the creek on his land, encased them in slurry to make moulds, then cast them in bronze (Fafard called this the “lost-reed” process). The resulting forms then served as legs and connectors for his table supports. Along these connectors, Fafard positions the boxers and two spectators, enclosing them with ropes. He plays with perspective, making the onlookers smaller, contrasting with the larger, dominant boxers. Looking down through the glass, we form part of the spectating crowd, as we tower over Fafard’s whimsical and engaging scene.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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