Sydney Ball, ‘Canto XXXXI - (Ahab for Mosi)’, 1966, Charles Nodrum Gallery

Signature: signed, dated & titled verso

M. Horton and D. Thomas, Present Day Art in
Australia, Ure Smith, 1969, illus p 21 and on back
cover of dust wrapper
‘The Canto series, begun early 1964, was based
on Ezra Pound’s series of poems, The Cantos.
The circle containing the vertical band of colours
represents for me the Chinese symbol of Infinity.
The general epigraph to the Cantos, ‘In Great
Praise’, represents my affirmation to people, places
and things experienced. The Cantos as well as
the Persian series do not simply relate experience
but create experience. They are not a record of an
event but are themselves the event’
Sydney Ball, op. cit. p 19

Elliott Aldridge, Adelaide;
Bonython Gallery, Sydney, to W. R. Burge, June 1971; Burge Sale, Christies, March 2006; Private Collection, Perth since then

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