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NGV Teens

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About NGV Teens

See art, make art, meet artists, be inspired.

NGV Teens offers specially tailored programming that connects young people with art and artists at the Gallery. We aim to offer the NGV as a space for young people from all backgrounds to express themselves through creative projects and discussions of the big ideas behind great art. Young creatives aged 13-17 can get involved to gain special access to the NGV, and to the broader creative community of visual artists, designers and performers in Victoria.

The NGV Teens program is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees.

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MoMA at NGV for teens


Salvador Dalí
Spanish 1904–89
The persistence of memory 1931
oil on canvas
24.1 x 33.0 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Given anonymously, 1934
© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / VEGAP, Spain. Copyright Agency, 2018

MoMA at NGV for teens

Salvador Dalí painted his fantastic visions, giving the representations of dreams a tangible and credible appearance. In The persistence of memory, hard objects become inexplicably limp within a bleak and infinite landscape, while a metal watch attracts ants like rotting flesh.


Frida Kahlo
Self-portrait with cropped hair 1940
oil on canvas
40.0 x 27.9 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., 1943
© Frida Kahlo Estate/ARS. Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018

Frida Kahlo

Following her divorce from fellow artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo cut her long hair; she records this gesture here, chronicling herself amid a mess of tendrils, scissors in hand. The costume of an oversized man’s suit, traditionally identified as Rivera’s, allows her to seize the part of the dominant, independent male artist that he embodied. By wearing a dangling earring and high-heeled shoes, however, Kahlo simultaneously maintains her feminine identity.


Jackson Pollock
American 1912–56
Number 7, 1950 1950
oil, enamel, and aluminium paint on canvas
58.5 x 268.6 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of Sylvia Slifka in honor of William Rubin, 1993
© Pollock-Krasner Foundation / ARS. Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock painted Number 7, 1950 from above, flinging and pouring paint across the canvas lying on the ground. What at first may appear as a random web of paint is in fact an intricately wrought composition that offers a record of the artist’s gestures.

The long, horizontal proportions of the canvas oriented Pollock’s movements: in a kind of dance, he made the calligraphic black, white and yellow splatters while moving from one end of the composition to the other.


Roy Lichtenstein
American 1923–97
Drowning girl 1963
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
171.6 x 169.5 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Philip Johnson Fund (by exchange) and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright, 1971
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Copyright Agency, 2018

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein based many of his early Pop art paintings on imagery found in comic books. The source for this work is the cover of issue 83 of the DC Comics book Secret Hearts (1962), which Roy significantly altered.

In the original illustration, the drowning girl’s boyfriend appears in the background, clinging to a capsized boat. Lichtenstein cropped the image dramatically, showing the girl alone. He changed the caption from ‘I don’t care if I have a cramp!’ to ‘I don’t care!’, and the boyfriend’s name from Mal to Brad.


Leo Fender
American 1909–91
George Fullerton
American 1923–2009
Freddie Tavares
American 1913–90
Fender Stratocaster electric guitar 1954 designed, 1957 made
wood, metal and plastic
96.5 x 32.4 x 4.4 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Committee on Architecture and Design Funds, 2014
© Leo Fender Estate

Leo Fender

The Stratocaster, designed by Leo Fender, a self-taught electrician, inventor and amateur musician from Southern California, is one of the most successful musical instrument designs of the twentieth century. Sold with a range of finishes adapted from the automotive industry and detachable elements easily repaired or replaced, these guitars were designed to withstand heavy use and amplification.

The ergonomic and balanced form was contoured to fit comfortably with the player’s body, and technical innovations included three pickups for a bright, glassy sound, and a Fender-patented, built-in tremolo arm (‘whammy bar’). The Stratocaster’s user-friendly design and unique sound meant it soon dominated the market, attracting numerous devotees including Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.


Tom Wesselmann
American 1931–2004
Study for Mouth, 8 1966
synthetic polymer paint and pencil on paper
26.2 x 35.2 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
John B. Turner Fund, 1969
© Tom Wesselmann / VAGA. Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018

Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann was an American renowned for appropriating recognisable imagery and symbols from popular culture in his work.

This small drawing from Wesselman’s larger Mouth series isolates a single detail: a mouth. This singular body part, both seductive and ominous, is the primary focus of the composition. The contours of the red lips and white teeth have been linked to publicity images of the iconic and ill-fated film star, Marilyn Monroe, who died from an overdose in 1962 at the age of thirty-six.


Cindy Sherman
American born 1954
Untitled #131 1983
chromogenic colour photograph
89.0 x 41.9 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Fund, 1995
© Courtesy Cindy Sherman and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman’s meticulously arranged compositions mimic the look of popular media and almost always feature the artist herself as characters of her own creation.

In this photograph, Sherman takes on the coy attitude of a woman clutching her jumpsuit and raising her shoulders in front of a floral fabric backdrop. Created in response to a commission from a New York fashion boutique, this photograph probes the artificial construction of femininity and parodies the fashion industry’s excesses and eccentricities.


Glenn Ligon
American born 1960
Untitled (I am an invisible man) 1991
oilstick on paper
76.2 x 43.8 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of The Bohen Foundation, 1992
© Glenn Ligon; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Glenn Ligon

Untitled (I am an invisible man) by Glenn Ligon uses a quote from a significant piece of African-American literature as a starting point. The drawing reproduces the opening paragraph of Ralph Ellison’s famous 1952 novel Invisible Man. Legible text becomes dense black smudges, with the words increasingly difficult to decipher. Ligon leaves one word – ‘not’ – sharply defined at the bottom of the sheet, defying the tendency of blackness, in drawing and identity politics, to render its subject invisible.


Pearl Thompson
British born 1957
Andy Vella
British born 1961
Poster for The Cure album Head on the Door 1985
76.2 x 50.2 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of Lawrence Benenson, 2012
© Parched Art

Pearl Thompson / Andy Vella

The Cure are an English rock band associated with New Wave, punk rock, and gothic rock movements. Band member Pearl Thompson and designer Andy Vella created this cover for the band’s sixth studio album – The Head on the Door.

In MoMA at NGV, this poster is displayed alongside other posters designed for British punk and post-punk bands, which would have been sent out to record shops, inserted in albums or distributed at clubs and gigs. As a group, they exhibit the anarchic experimentation, crude collage aesthetic and abrasive imagery, often pornographic or macabre in nature, of a movement opposed to establishment values and the perceived blandness of commercial pop music.


Georgia O’Keeffe
American 1887–1986
Banana flower 1934
charcoal on paper
55.2 x 37.7 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Given anonymously (by exchange), 1936
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe knew she wanted to be an artist when she was twelve years old. She always had a strong connection with nature and enjoyed the seasons and the outdoors. Some of O’Keeffe’s first art lessons were drawing and painting pictures of flowers. The banana flower in this drawing appears to hang in the middle of the sheet of paper. O’Keeffe was interested in filling spaces in a beautiful way.


Teen Council


The 2018 Teen Council has been busy with behind the scenes tours, curator tours of exhibitions, brainstorming programs, video projects, events and contributing to NGV Magazine. Applications for the 2019 Teen Council will open in January 2019 for 13 to 17 year olds.

The NGV warmly thanks The Ullmer Family Foundation for its support of NGV Teens.

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Fantastic, ambitious, angry, mysterious: take a step inside the extraordinary lives and times of twenty-five artists who have made an impact, and told a good story along the way. You’re invited to join author Ronnie Scott and guests on a journey through twenty-five of the most dramatic and exciting stories about artists and artworks in new NGV teen publication 25 International Artists Who Have Made an Impact.

We are extremely thankful to Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and the Campbell-Pretty Family for their generous support which has made this publication possible and has broadened access to the NGV Collection through ongoing programming for young visitors.

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Top Arts 2018 presents a rich range of diverse and accomplished works of art from students who have completed Art or Studio Arts as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) 2017. Fifty-four inspiring young artists from throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria have delved deeply into some of the greatest concerns of contemporary times. Environmental degradation, psychological resilience, the influence of mass media and materialism are a few. Celebrations of human diversity, transition and surprising views of our world are also wonderfully captured and presented. Our next generation of artists have courageously experimented with traditional and unusual materials. Some of them share their experience.

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For over twenty one years, this popular exhibition has presented outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), providing insight into young people’s ideas, thinking and creative practices.
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