.We've been researching the ground and lineage of local
umbrellatecture/umbratecture. In particular, that of Melbourne's BLACK BATS.
born : 11 July 1890, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- biography here -died : 5 May 1947, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Thoughts of John Brack's similar scenes. From the stylized dark silhouette (a taxi driver, perhaps, somewhat like Brack's artist-observer figure) holding the car door open for the departing mother and child momentarily glimpsed amid the anonymous umbrella-ed mass; to the clockwork exit of Melbourne's impassive, faceless city slaves in Collins St, 5p.m. (1955); later recast in the comings and goings, the mass movement of cards and pencils.
One of this edition of prints is slated for auction later this year, in Melbourne of course.
bLOGOS/HA HA is always interested in matters of LABEL
rhymes with Babel
The particularities of the Label composed for a recent auction advertisement that illustrates this print are as follows :
WET AFTERNOON, 1929
24.0 x 20.0 cm
EST: $20,000 - 30,000
Compare this with the Label for this same (sic) image at
PRINTS AND PRINTMAKING : Australia Asia Pacific :
(for technical reasons it's given here without the two-column format of the original)
Primary Artist Ethel SPOWERS (1890 - 1947)
Title Wet afternoon.
Reference Coppel (1995), ES14
Date made 1929-30
Placemade1 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,
Technique linocut, printed in colour, from four blocks (grey, cobalt blue, reddish brown, emerald green)
Matrix size 24.3 x 20.4 cm (printed image)
Support buff oriental laid tissue paper
Support size 31.5 x 23.0 cm (sheet)
State published state
Edition edition of 50
Inscriptions 1 Signed and dated lower right below image in pencil, 'E.L. Spowers - 1930'. Titled lower left below image in pencil, 'Wet Afternoon' Inscribed lower left below image in pencil, '17/50'.
Described Street scene of crowd sheltering from rain under umbrellas, London.
Collection National Gallery of Australia
Acc. No. 83.39
Method Director's allowance
Meeting title Meeting 8, 1982/83
Meeting date 7 March 1983
Provenance Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney, 1983.
Credit line Purchased 1983
Creators SPOWERS, Ethel (1890 - 1947) Australian Female | artist
Here, by further comparison, is the standard bLOGOS/HA HA Black Label layout. BLACK BLOCKS for BLACK BATS.
When re-presented as words, the Title (including meta-Title) component of the above will be familiar to our regular regardists :
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...