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LOT 059

Betty Roodish Goodwin
1923 - 2008

mixed media on paper
signed and dated 1966
12 7/8 x 12 5/8 in 32.7 x 32.1 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

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Acquired directly from the Artist by the present Private Collection, Montreal

“Betty Goodwin,” National Gallery of Canada, https://www.gallery.ca/collection/artist/betty-goodwin, accessed February 14, 2019

As stated by Yolande Racine, former curator of contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, a dichotomy of themes nourished Betty Goodwin’s works: transparency and opacity, folding and unfolding, passage and obstruction, as well as projection and superimposition. This 1966 work encompasses many of these themes. Translucent planes, swirling lines and newspaper clippings intersect and overlap, creating a rich tapestry. Rudimentary outlined figures emerge from the stratified composition of the collaged background. Untitled, built in transparent layers, explores the invisible and the visible, absence and presence.
Goodwin, who was mostly self-taught, started to paint in the late 1940s. Her work evolved in distinct series and often explored disappearance, memory and resilience using the human figure as a vehicle. Goodwin said in 1995: “I deal with the human body…, other times it is like the memory of the body...I used the sitz bath, the bed, I have used clothes. I guess these are the elements that I need to best express what I am thinking about. But it is true my concerns do take in the body and its various aspects, even in terms of time or passage. It’s all concerning humanity.”

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

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