LOT 043

1923 - 2008

oil pastel and oil on photostat
signed and dated 1985 and on verso stamped Studio Betty Goodwin
42 x 44 in 106.7 x 111.8 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Collection of the Artist
Estate of the Artist

Peggy Gale, "Betty Goodwin," Parachute, no. 42, March - April - May 1986, reproduced page 40
Yolande Racine, editor, Betty Goodwin: Works from 1971 to 1987, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1987, listed pages 160 and 250 and reproduced page 161

Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Betty Goodwin, October 19 - November 9, 1985
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Betty Goodwin: Oeuvres de 1971 à 1987 / Works from 1971 to 1987, February 11 - March 27, 1988, traveling in 1987 - 1988 to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Vancouver Art Gallery; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and 49th Parallel Center for Contemporary Canadian Art, New York, catalogue #60

Essay by Roger Bellemare (translated):

Nothing captures the attention more than a work that reveals little of its essence at first glance; dense and secretive, enigmatic projects such as these fascinate viewers.

In the case of Untitled, Betty Goodwin herself was the first to be beguiled: she held on to this piece her entire life. With its black spot or shadowy mouth, hints of octopods and feathers, a shipwreck and a splayed form on a grey background, Untitled mystifies with its many possible interpretations, each simultaneously affirming Goodwin’s allegiance to symbolic depictions and meaningful abstractions. After the long wait of its sheltered life in the collection of the artist, the timeless quality of this oil and oil pastel work is extended, allowing a new fraternal, passionate and curious generation to tackle the mystery of Untitled and its fascinating imagery.

Rien n’attire comme une oeuvre qui livre peu de son essence au premier regard ; denses et hermétiques, ces réalisations énigmatiques fascinent les chercheurs.

Dans le cas de Untitled, Betty Goodwin elle-même fut la première à être médusée, elle garda l’oeuvre toute sa vie. Tache noire ou bouche d’ombre, suggestions d’octopodes et de plumes, de naufrages et d’écartèlements sur fond de grisaille, Untitled mystifie par la multiplicité de ses possibles lectures ; chacune affirmant simultanément les allégeances de Goodwin pour les figurations symboliques et les abstractions signifiantes. Comme en attente après sa longue vie à l’abri chez l’artiste, la qualité intemporelle de cette oeuvre rehaussée à l’huile et au pastel se prolonge maintenant. Elle permet à une nouvelle génération fraternelle, passionnée et curieuse d’aborder le mystère de Untitled, sa genèse et la fascinante imagerie de son incarnation.

We thank Roger Bellemare for contributing the above essay.

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Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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