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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Is the Art World Truly Sexist?

Daily Beast Article by Lizzie Crocker
In 1971, art historian Linda Nochlin wrote a provocative and now-infamous essay for ArtNews magazine: “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”
Richard Feigen, the famous gallery owner, had asked her that very question a year earlier, saying he wanted to show more women artists but “couldn’t find any good ones.”
Nochlin grappled with his remarks in an essay that became a seminal piece of feminist writing. It was published in ArtNews alongside response essays from eight influential women artists, including Elaine de Kooning and Louise Nevelson.
Of course there were many “great women artists” in 1971. And there are even more today.
But Nochlin’s question still nags, so much so that ArtNews has constructed its entire June issue around the inequalities facing women artists today.
The centerpiece is a call-to-arms citing grim statistics collated by art curator Maura Reilly on how women are under-represented in the art world: since 2007, 25 percent of solo exhibitions at London’s Tate Modern were of women artists; in 2012 at the Metropolitan Museum, only 4 percent of artists on display were women (fewer than in 1989); and in April 2015, 7 percent of works on view at MoMA were by women.
The numbers are discouraging, but are they also misleading?
Should we hold the Met to the same standards as MoMA, given that the Met’s collection goes back centuries, when cultural mores forbid women from becoming Michelangelos and da Vincis?

Monday, May 25, 2015

'Women Don't Paint Well - It's A Fact'


The painter Georg Baselitz's comments in an interview with Der Spiegel in January 2013 - that women painters didn't pass the market value test and couldn't paint -- are shocking, as many would argue that there have been generations of brilliant women painters but without the recognition they deserve.

So are Baseltiz's views more widespread than we think, bubbling under the surface in the world of visual arts? Or is he an old fashioned anomaly? And does this have anything in common with other art forms?

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial; Marin Alsop, one of the world's leading female conductors; and artist Alexis Teplin, investigate.

Video link on youtube here -- https://youtu.be/K29geX4uN9w