Wednesday, November 27th, 7pm
Canadian Fine Art auction - Lot 99
KOSSO ELOUL, R.C.A.
aluminum maquette in two parts
height 10.50” x width 22.00”
height 26.70 cm x width 55.90 cm
Est: $6000 / $8000
Provenance: Private Collection, Tel Aviv (by descent)
Literature: Paul Duval, Eloul 1964-1984, 20 years of sculpture, exhibition catalogue, 1984, page 9 for a photograph of the sculptor holding a model of Meeting Place, pages 1, 34 and 47 for an installation shot of Meeting Place in situ outside of Crown Life headquarters, Toronto (now Unilever, 160 Bloor St. East at Church Street, Toronto) and page 54 for a photograph of the entrance of 160 Bloor Street East with a life-size mock-up.
Note: Russian born Eloul studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (1939-1943) and with Maholy-Nagy in that city, arriving in Canada in 1964. Quickly establishing his reputation, Eloul produced monumental sculptures in major cities, towns and on university campuses in North America and abroad. In 1984 he was commissioned to produce a sculpture for Crown Life’s new head office in Toronto. Eloul determined that the sculpture should be reminiscent of a gate to a ceremonial path, a monumental entrance not unlike the famous Lion Gate at Mycenae. Paul Duval, who was critical in helping Eloul with the commission, describes Meeting Place - the original Indian name for Toronto - thus: “The poised power of its two counterbalancing elements suggests at once the harmony and diversity that make up the city’s cultural complexion.”