Since Jeanne Parkin’s girlhood in the 1920s, art has been a constant part of her world. “I tell everybody, ‘You can never look at art too much.’” For her, understanding art is “a matter of looking all the time. You go to exhibitions, you go lectures. The longer you look, the sooner you begin to understand.” Although Parkin says, “I’m essentially a Minimalist—and I have been from day one,” she makes it clear that she does “love many other styles of art.” Here’s a selection of works that have been key in Parkin’s life and career.

  • Tobacco Patch, St. Urbain, P.Q.

    Tobacco Patch, St. Urbain, P.Q. by George Pepper, 1937

  • Portrait of a Lady

    Portrait of a Lady by Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1460

  • Chromatic Accelerator

    Chromatic Accelerator by Claude Tousignant, 1968

  • Hailstorm in Alberta

    Hailstorm in Alberta by William Kurelek, 1961

  • Femme assise

    Femme assise by Pablo Picasso, 1927

  • Elvis I and II

    Elvis I and II by Andy Warhol, 1963-64

  • Blue Running Shoes

    Blue Running Shoes by Gathie Falk, 1973

  • Iceberg

    Iceberg by Paterson Ewen, 1974

  • Barren Ground Caribou

    Barren Ground Caribou by Joyce Wieland, 1977–78

  • Sticky Wicket

    Sticky Wicket by Mark di Suvero, 1978

  • The Three Graces

    The Three Graces by General Idea, 1982

  • The London Six

    The London Six by John Boyle, 1984

  • Tree with Bench, Vancouver, B.C.

    Tree with Bench, Vancouver, B.C. by Rodney Graham, 1998

  • Happy Holiday

    Happy Holiday by Agnes Martin, 1999

  • Infe©ted Mondrian #9

    Infe©ted Mondrian #9 by General Idea, 1994

  • Rapture

    Rapture by Shirin Neshat, 1999

  • No. 1, White and Red

    No. 1, White and Red by Mark Rothko, 1962

  • People Walking

    People Walking by Julian Opie, 2006

  • Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective

    Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective at Mass MoCA

  • The Index

    The Index by David Altmejd, 2007

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