The Ottawa Art Gallery’s (OAG) Give to Get Art Auction begins tonight, May 27, with a Gala celebration, and continues all weekend with online bidding. OAG also organized a free in-person local Art Market, and today has announced the five Critics’ Choice artists for 2022!
The Critics’ Choice is led by a committee of external jurors. This much anticipated annual feature highlights the high quality of work up for auction. Each year, OAG invites an independent panel of judges made up of Ottawa-Gatineau artists, art directors, critics, community leaders or curators to meet behind closed doors to view the auction exhibition.
This year, they considered 95 works donated by regional artists for the fundraiser and deliberated to select only five works as the Critics’ Choice. The 2022 jurors are Laura Margita, the Director and Curator at Gallery 101, and Sylvia Dreaver, Emerging Curator of Indigenous Art at the Canadian Museum of History. While touring the room to take in each work, they noted the beautiful use of colour, hovering shapes, and detailed backgrounds in some of the art, as well as new takes on portraiture, representations of time passing, adorable elements, and surprising interactive components.
And now… drumroll, please! The 2022 Critics’ Choice for OAG’s 2022 Give to Get Art Auction, which are identified with a star in the auction exhibition, are here in no particular order:
Bing cherry, My Brain and My Mental Health, acrylic on canvas, 14” x 18” Market Value: $425, Starting Bid: $213
Justin Wonnacott, octopus tentacle in broth, maybe Japan, 2018, digital photograph printed on archival paper and framed in a wooden frame, 24” x 26” Market Value: $1,850, Starting Bid: $925
Tafui, When Strangers Meet, 2020, diptych; mixed media on cotton canvas & wood, 30 x 39”, Market Value: $1,750, Starting Bid: $875
Angelina Barrucco, Silence No. 2, 2019, inkjet print on washi paper enclosed in solid wood frame, 42” x 17.5” Market Value: $2,500, Starting Bid: $1,250
Gillian King, Lamb’s Ear, 2020, Rust Sediments, Oil, and Various Natural Materials (including Black Walnut, Cochineal, Indigo, Madder Root, Onion Skins, and Sumac) on Canvas, 48” x 36” Market Value: $4,000, Starting Bid: $2,000
Which works would you choose? Did you know you can peek at the works online, or in person, select your own favourites, and place bids tonight at the Opening Gala or virtually all weekend long? Take a look, get a bidding code for only $35 (if you don’t attend the opening Gala tonight), and start bidding to support local art and your OAG!