Artwork by Richard Williams,  Topless Fishing in the City (Naked Block Party series)
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #7

Richard Williams
Topless Fishing in the City (Naked Block Party series)

graphite on paper
signed, titled and dated “Jan. 2005” lower right; unframed
12.25 x 9.5 ins ( 31.1 x 24.1 cms ) ( sheet )

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Provenance:
Private Collection
This graphite drawing comes from the sketchbook Williams used while he was creating his “Naked Block Party” series. In an introductory statement to the work Williams describes the theme of the series:

“Early in the summer of 1997, letters to the Free Press argued both sides of the Ontario Court’s controversial topless decision. I amused myself by commenting on some of the letters in my drawings. As the controversy continued, many writers revealed a yearning to go beyond toplessness. They argued that total nudity would be better for us, mentally as well as physically. I tried to imagine life in a naked community. I asked myself “What if somewhere in our Winnipeg suburbs there were an affluent middle-class group who agreed to organize a Naked Block Party?” Given that we North Americans are, as Sallie Tisdale says, in our “cultural puberty: lewd, leering, intensely curious and ashamed and prudish all at once”, the images that sprang up were poignant, and each carried with it the promise of more to come.”
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Richard Williams
(1921 - 2013)

Born in Pennsylvania, Richard Williams studied sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University, and Printmaking at the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S Army Air Force for three years, painting mascots on the noses of bombers during his spare time. He moved to Winnipeg in 1954, and held the position of Director of the University of Manitoba School of Art for more than twenty years. He became a Canadian Citizen in 1969. Williams has shown his work across Canada and the United States for more than sixty years. The Naked Block Party was shown at Winnipeg’s Art Collectors Club in May and June of 2000.