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Top art picks from the Youth Council

March 11th, 2019

Youth Council members (L-R) Nara, Carson and Lina in front of Anitra Hamilton’s work, Wall Parade #3 (detail), 2008. Latex paint, Dimensions variable. Purchased with the assistance of the Peggy Lownsbrough Fund and friends of the artist, 2008. © Anitra Hamilton 2008/129

When it comes art it can be hard to pick favourites, but we asked three members of the AGO Youth Council – Carson, Lina and Nara – to do just that. Ranging from works by Kent Monkman and Rebecca Belmore to Joyce Weiland, see what they chose below:

Nara: I really like sculptural works, and this one also has an element of fashion design. It’s also pretty incredible how it tells a complex story of Canadian colonial and Indigenous history in just one work.

Nara with Rebecca Belmore. Rising to the Occasion, 1987-1991. Mixed media, Overall: 200 x 120 x 100 cm. Gift from the Junior Volunteer Committee, 1995. © Rebecca Belmore

Carson: I like all the nods to classical art in this piece. The juxtaposition of European Art and Indigenous culture is fascinating. Also, it has a great sense of humour about it.

Carson with Kent Monkman, The Academy, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, Framed: 205.7 x 297.2 cm. Purchased with the assistance of the David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, 2008. © Kent Monkman

Nara: I like the contrast of colours in this work. You can also tell that it’s very personal. It’s very human and lifelike and looks like it was precious to someone.

Nara with Haida. Sea Captain Figure, c. 1840. Argillite, ivory, Overall: 46.8 x 13.5 x 8 cm. Purchased with Funds from the Estate of Mary Eileen Ash, 2008. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2008/43

Lina chose one of Joyce Wieland’s works Flick Picks #4 (1963). Laid out like a filmstrip it shows a boat sinking below the water. “The style of the work appeals to me, because it’s almost like a comic book,” said Lina. “And I make comic books and zines. Also, it’s a funny artwork, which you don’t see a lot of.”

All of the works listed here are currently on display and included with General Admission.

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