Copyright & Credits

 

 

Acknowledgements

From the Author
My warm thanks to Shelley Town, John Reeves, David Silcox, and the many others who generously shared memories of Harold Town; to Sara Angel and Landon Mackenzie for encouragement and inspiration; to the helpful staff at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Library and Archives Canada; and to the outstanding editorial and web team at ACI, especially Rick Archbold and Meg Taylor, for the wonders they have performed. 

 

From the Art Canada Institute
This online art book was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Major Sponsors for the 2014–15 Season: Aimia; BMO Financial Group; Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.; The Hal Jackman Foundation; Phyllis Lambert; The McLean Foundation; TD Bank Group; The Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts; Harold Town Estate.

 

Thanks also to the Art Canada Institute Founding Patrons: Sara and Michael Angel, Jalynn H. Bennett, The Butterfield Family Foundation, David and Vivian Campbell, Albert E. Cummings, Kiki and Ian Delaney, The Fleck Family, Roger and Kevin Garland, Michelle Koerner and Kevin Doyle, Phil Lind, Sarah and Tom Milroy, Charles Pachter, Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan, Sandra L. Simpson, and Robin and David Young; as well as its Founding Partner Patrons: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Partners in Art.

 

The ACI gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the Harold Town Estate, in particular David Silcox, as well as the following institutions and individuals who generously provided images for our publication: Landon Mackenzie, the National Gallery of Canada, the Cahén Foundation, Lynda Shearer of Canadian Art Group, and our Institutional Sponsor for this title, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

 


 

Image Sources

Every effort has been made to secure permissions for all copyrighted material. The Art Canada Institute will gladly correct any errors or omissions.

 


 

Credit for Cover Image

 

Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Spengler Writing The Decline of the West at His Desk on Top of the Kitchen Table, 1980
Harold Town, Spengler Writing The Decline of the West at His Desk on Top of the Kitchen Table, 1980. (See below for details.)

 

Credits for Banner Images

 

Art Canada Institute, Harold Town in his home at 9 Castle Frank Crescent in 1964
Biography: Harold Town in his home at 9 Castle Frank Crescent in 1964, photographed by John Reeves. (See below for details.)
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Silent Light No. 11, 1968–69
Key Works: Harold Town, Silent Light No. 11, 1968–69. (See below for details.)
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Day Neon, 1953
Significance & Critical Issues: Harold Town, Day Neon, 1953. (See below for details.)
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Music Behind, 1958–59
Style & Technique: Harold Town, Music Behind, 1958–59. (See below for details.)
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town in his office at his home in 1967
Sources & Resources: Harold Town in his office at his home in 1967, photographed by John Reeves. City of Toronto Archives, fonds 1405, series 796. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town in his office at his home in 1967
Where to See: Harold Town at a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1986, photographed by John Reeves. City of Toronto Archives, fonds 1405, series 796. Courtesy of John Reeves.

 

Credits for Works by Harold Town

 

Art Canada Institute, Bacchante Threatened by a Panther, 1959
Bacchante Threatened by a Panther, 1959. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town Day Neon, 1953
Day Neon, 1953. Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Gift of the artist's estate, 1994.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Death of Mondrian No. 1, 1961
Death of Mondrian No. 1, 1961. Museum London. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, The Dixon Passing Mugg’s Island, 1956
The Dixon Passing Mugg’s Island, 1956. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Don Quixote, 1948
Don Quixote, 1948. Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. Gift of the artist’s estate, 1994. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Drawing by Town in the comic book style, which appeared in his 1942 Western Technical-Commercial School yearbook
Drawing by Town in the comic book style, which appeared in his 1942 Western Technical-Commercial School yearbook. Library and Archives Canada, MG 30 D 404, vol. 1, Westward Ho. Western Technical Commercial School Yearbook, 1942. Estate of Harold Town. Photograph by Gaeby Abrahams.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Enigma No. 9, 1964
Enigma No. 9, 1964. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Festival, 1965
Festival, 1965. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, In Memory of Pearl McCarthy, 1964
In Memory of Pearl McCarthy, 1964. Private collection. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Inoutscape, 1960
Inoutscape, 1960. McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton. Gift of Mr. Irving Zucker, 1992. Estate of Harold Town. Photograph by John Tamblyn.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Monument to C.T. Currelly No. 1, 1957
Monument to C.T. Currelly No. 1, 1957. Vancouver Art Gallery. Purchased with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program. VAG 58.6. Estate of Harold Town. Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Muscleman, 1983
Muscleman, 1983. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town,  Music Behind, 1958–59
Music Behind, 1958–59. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Estate of Harold Town. Photo © NGC.
Art Canada Institute,  Harold Town, Paper Monster (Memory of Chinatown), 1958
Paper Monster (Memory of Chinatown), 1958. Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Rudolf Valentino, 1971
Rudolf Valentino, 1971. Gallery Gevik, Toronto. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Seated Nude, 1944
Seated Nude, 1944. Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. Gift of the artist’s estate, 1994. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Silent Light No. 11, 1968–69
Silent Light No. 11, 1968–69. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Snap No. 17, 1972–73
Snap No. 17, 1972–73. Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Soldier Leading Horse, 1953
Soldier Leading Horse, 1953. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Spengler Writing The Decline of the West at His Desk on Top of the Kitchen Table, 1980
Spengler Writing The Decline of the West at His Desk on Top of the Kitchen Table, 1980. Private collection. Estate of Harold Town. Photograph by Kayla Rocca.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Stages #8, 1986–87

Stages #8, 1986–87. Barb & Jens Thielsen, London, ON. Estate of Harold Town.

 

 

 

 

 

Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Toy Horse, 1980
Toy Horse, 1980. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute,  Harold Town, Toy Horse #184, 1979
Toy Horse #184, 1979. Private collection. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Tree Zoo, 1957
Tree Zoo, 1957. Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. Purchase 1971. Estate of Harold Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Tyranny of the Corner (Sashay Set), 1962
Tyranny of the Corner (Sashay Set), 1962. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Estate of Harold Town. Photo © NGC.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Untitled, 1971
Untitled, 1971. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Estate of Harold Town. Photo © NGC.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Untitled (Crescent), 1961
Untitled (Crescent), 1961. Barb & Jens Thielsen, London, ON. Estate of Harold Town.

 

Credits for Photographs and Works by Other Artists

 

Art Canada Institute, The Bacchanal of the Andrians, 1523–26, by Titian
The Bacchanal of the Andrians, 1523–26, by Titian. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.
Art Canada Institute, Brochure for Harold Town’s mural at the Ontario Hydro Generating Station on the St. Lawrence Seaway
Brochure for Harold Town’s mural at the Ontario Hydro Generating Station on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library. Photograph by Kayla Rocca.
Art Canada Institute, Catalogue for the 1975 exhibition Indications: Harold Town, 1944–1975
Catalogue for the 1975 exhibition Indications: Harold Town, 1944–1975 (Windsor: Art Gallery of Windsor, 1975). Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library. Photograph by Kayla Rocca.
Art Canada Institute, Certificate presented to Town for his participation in the Milan Triennale, 1957
Certificate presented to Town for his participation in the Milan Triennale, 1957. Library and Archives Canada, MG 30 D 404, vol. 57, Memorabilia, Awards and Degrees, 1943–1973, n.d. Estate of Harold Town. Photograph by Gaeby Abrahams.
Art Canada Institute, Composition en blanc, noir et rouge, 1936, by Piet Mondrian
Composition en blanc, noir et rouge, 1936, by Piet Mondrian. Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of the Advisory Committee. © Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA. Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.
Art Canada Institute, Cover for the Imperial Oil Review, 1954
Cover for the Imperial Oil Review, 1954, designed by Harold Town. Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library.
Art Canada Institute, Cover of Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm by Harold Town and David P. Silcox
Cover of Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm by Harold Town and David P. Silcox (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977).
Art Canada Institute, Cranes from Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawing, 1812, by Katsushika Hokusai
Cranes from Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawing, 1812, by Katsushika Hokusai. Collection unknown.
Art Canada Institute, Flyer for the 1987 exhibition Town: Works on Paper, 1952–1987
Flyer for the 1987 exhibition Town: Works on Paper, 1952–1987 at the Canada House Cultural Centre Gallery, London, England. Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library. Photograph by Kayla Rocca.
Art Canada Institute, Guernica, 1937, by Pablo Picasso
Guernica, 1937, by Pablo Picasso. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. © Picasso Estate / SODRAC (2014). Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town and Janet Barker at an Art Gallery of Ontario reception in 1967
Harold Town and Janet Barker at an Art Gallery of Ontario reception in 1967, photographed by John Reeves. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1405, Series 796. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town and Museum of Modern Art’s Riva Castleman select prints for Canada ’67
Harold Town and Museum of Modern Art’s Riva Castleman select prints for Canada ’67, photographed by John Reeves. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1405, Series 796. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town and Walter Yarwood in front of In Memory of Pearl McCarthy, 1964
Harold Town and Walter Yarwood in front of In Memory of Pearl McCarthy, 1964, photographed by John Reeves. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town featured in Maclean’s article “The Overnight Bull Market in Modern Art,” December 1961
Harold Town featured in Maclean’s article “The Overnight Bull Market in Modern Art,” December 1961. Reprinted with the permission of Rogers Publishing.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town in front of his monumental St. Lawrence Seaway mural, 1958
Harold Town in front of his monumental St. Lawrence Seaway mural, 1958. From the brochure for the mural at the Ontario Hydro Generating Station. Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library. Photograph by Kayla Rocca.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town in his home at 9 Castle Frank Crescent in 1964
Harold Town in his home at 9 Castle Frank Crescent in 1964, photographed by John Reeves. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1405, Series 796. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town in his Old Orchard Farm studio in 1983
Harold Town in his Old Orchard Farm studio in 1983, photographed by John Reeves. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town in his print workshop in 1957
Harold Town in his print workshop in 1957. Photo Jock Carroll.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town in his studio in 1967
Harold Town in his studio in 1967, photographed by John Reeves. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1405, Series 796. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town on the cover of Maclean’s magazine, December 1961
Harold Town on the cover of Maclean’s magazine, December 1961. Reprinted with the permission of Rogers Publishing.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town with his daughters Heather and Shelley in 1966
Harold Town with his daughters Heather and Shelley in 1966, photographed by John Reeves. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1405, Series 796. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town with his mother, c. 1940
Harold Town with his mother, c. 1940. Courtesy of Shelley Town.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town with his paintings at the Mazelow Gallery in 1967
Harold Town with his paintings at the Mazelow Gallery in 1967, photographed by John Reeves. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1405, Series 796. Courtesy of John Reeves.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town’s mural at the Ontario Hydro Generating Station on the St. Lawrence Seaway, commissioned in 1958
Harold Town’s mural at the Ontario Hydro Generating Station on the St. Lawrence Seaway, commissioned in 1958. © Kevin Lamoureux/KAV.
Art Canada Institute, Hitler Gang, 1944, by Kurt Schwitters
Hitler Gang, 1944, by Kurt Schwitters. Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany. © Estate of Kurt Schwitters / SODRAC (2014). Photo: Michael Herling/Aline Gwose. Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.
Art Canada Institute, A Lady and Two Gentlemen, c. 1659, by Johannes Vermeer
A Lady and Two Gentlemen, c. 1659, by Johannes Vermeer. Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig, Germany.
Art Canada Institute, Harold Town, Limited-edition facsimile book of Town’s Enigmas
Limited-edition facsimile book of Town’s Enigmas, sold at the Jerrold Morris International Gallery. Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library. Photograph by Kayla Rocca.
Art Canada Institute, Maclean’s cover designed by Oscar Cahén
Maclean’s cover designed by Oscar Cahén, Town’s mentor. Reprinted with the permission of Rogers Publishing and the Oscar Cahén Foundation. Image courtesy of Leif Peng, Today’s Inspiration.
Art Canada Institute, Manuscript page for Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm
Manuscript page for Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm. Library and Archives Canada, MG 30 D 404, vol. 30, Tom Thomson Project, Research Material, 1973. Estate of Harold Town. Photograph by Gaeby Abrahams.
Art Canada Institute, Painters Eleven in 1957
Painters Eleven in 1957, photographed by Peter Croydon. © 2011 Lynda M. Shearer. All rights reserved.
Art Canada Institute, Pamphlet for Harold Town’s exhibition at the Jordan Gallery in Toronto in 1959
Pamphlet for Harold Town’s exhibition at the Jordan Gallery in Toronto in 1959. Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library. Photograph by Kayla Rocca.
Art Canada Institute, Poster for the 1973 exhibition Harold Town: The First Exhibition of New Work, 1969–1973
Poster for the 1973 exhibition Harold Town: The First Exhibition of New Work, 1969–1973 at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library. Photograph by Kayla Rocca.
Art Canada Institute, Signal (Birthday Party), 2010–11, by Landon Mackenzie
Signal (Birthday Party), 2010–11, by Landon Mackenzie. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Scott Massey.
Art Canada Institute, Town’s notebook containing ideas and questions about how the enduring value of art is established
Town’s notebook containing ideas and questions about how the enduring value of art is established. Library and Archives Canada,
MG 30 D 404, vol. 34, Ideas, Drafts and Outlines Notebook, n.d. Estate of Harold Town. Photograph by Gaeby Abrahams.
Art Canada Institute, Two works by Harold Town in the Aeroquay Lounge
Two works by Harold Town in the Aeroquay Lounge in the now demolished Terminal 1 (1964–2004) at Toronto International Airport. Collection of Transport Canada. Photo courtesy of Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
Art Canada Institute, View of Toronto skyline from Mugg’s Island, 1907
View of Toronto skyline from Mugg’s Island, 1907. Photograph by William James.

 


 

BOOK CREDITS

 

Publisher
Sara Angel

 

Editorial Director
Meg Taylor

 

Web Director and Layout
Avery Swartz

 

Image Research Director
Angelica Demetriou

 

Chief Copy Editor
Ruth Gaskill

 

Editor
Rick Archbold

 

Image Research
Gaeby Abrahams

Lindsay Maynard

 

Copy Editor
Ruth Gaskill

 

Translator and French Copy Editor
Dominique Denis

 

Administrative Assistant
Mary-Rose Sutton

 

Intern
Simone Wharton

 

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Studio Blackwell

 


 

COPYRIGHT

 

© 2014 Art Canada Institute. All rights reserved. 
ISBN 978-1-4871-0026-1

Art Canada Institute 
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Moray, Gerta, author
Harold Town : life & work / Gerta Moray.

Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Biography — Key works — Significance & critical issues — Style & technique — Sources & resources — Where to see.
Electronic monograph.
ISBN 978-1-4871-0028-5 (pdf).—ISBN 978-1-4871-0030-8 (epub)

1. Town, Harold, 1924-1990. 2. Town, Harold, 1924-1990—Criticism and  interpretation.  3. Painters—Canada—Biography.  I. Art Canada Institute, issuing body  II. Title. 

ND249.T69M67 2014                 759.11                C2014-904899-8

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