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Lot 74  
Luis Jacob

The Ward
silkscreen on somerset satin paper
Edition of 38
38.75" x 38.5" framed
Estimate $1600

Framed by Superframe 

Courtesy of the artist and Portrait & Landscape (Toronto)

Luis Jacob’s The Ward depicts Toronto's downtown core from an aerial perspective. The Ward—the working-class and immigrant neighbourhood where Viljo Revell’s modern City Hall would be built—appears in the image as a white quadrangle. In the mid-1800s, the Ward was home to Toronto’s African Canadian community, many of whose members were escaped slaves and freemen from the US. Jewish and Italian communities settled there during the early 20th century. In 1946, Toronto City Council authorized the expropriation and razing of the lower Ward, the location of the city’s first Chinatown. All this appears in The Ward as terra nullius, a void ready for appropriation by capital and the state. Based in Toronto, Jacob’s work destabilizes viewing conventions and invites collisions of meaning. Since participating in documenta12 in 2007, he has achieved an international reputation—with exhibitions at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart; the Toronto Biennial of Art; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Museion (Bolzano); La Biennale de Montréal; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (both New York); Taipei Biennial; Generali Foundation (Vienna); and Hamburg Kunstverein.