The SFMOMA website has a blog titled OPEN SPACE that features columnists Anne Walsh, Brecht Andersch, Dodie Bellamy, REBAR, and Renny Pritikin. The blog has been informative and interesting for artists and beyond. All perspectives are different but unify into one collective voice.
Recently, I’ve been following Anne Walsh’s entries. From the SFMOMA blog: “Anne Walsh is a visual artist who works with video, performance, audio, photography and text….Walsh is Associate Professor of Electronic Media in the Department of Art Practice at U. C. Berkeley, where she teaches video, graduate studies, and critical theory.” In addition, Walsh has shown her work in numerious national and international shows.
One particular blog entry by Anne Walsh titled Women’s Time and Space, part 1 caught my attention. Originally posted on April 13, 2010, she questions why male artists dominate the SFMOMA’s fourth floor for a collection titled FOCUS ON ARTISTS. Personally, I’m not shocked that 15 male artists have the majority of the exhibition space leaving only 3 female artists.
Walsh questions SFMOMA curator Gary Garrels on this issue. Garrels states: “The art world of the 1950s and 60s, like so many other parts of American culture and society, was a man’s world, and there were relatively few women artists working in that period, and even fewer who had any measure of success. What women there were working were also usually occupied by child-rearing, wifing, or doing day jobs in addition to making art. This museum in particular has not given itself the job of discovering women artists—that is, of righting, or rewriting history.” He also states that the SFMOMA’s collection is not as comprehensive as he would like.
Ms. Walsh presents a “fantasy shopping list” that anyone would die for.
However, where does this leave women artists today? It’s a difficult question to answer especially with the downturn in the economy and the ever changing art market model. There is a shift towards auctions, art fairs, and collectors controlling who gets what art. Museums fight for donors and money.
While women artists fight for equality…