Where are the women?

In THE ART NEWSPAPER, Lindsay Pollock wrote an article titled “Where are the women?”   Ms. Pollock is referring to the lack of women artists at Art Basel.   For example, Andy Warhol’s work is represented by 28 galleries at the fair.  According to Pollock: ”… the top 40 most represented artists on show at the fair are all men.”

Take a look at the chart:

The only female artist on “view” at the fair is the great minimalist Agnes Martin.  The top represented women at the fair include Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell, Pat Steir, Ghada Amer, Lynda Benglis, Cindy Sherman, Julie Mehretu, and Elizabeth Peyton.  The number of female artists pale in comparison to male artists.

Why?

Unfortunately, price of art favors men artists.  As a result, buyers go where they believe the best investment lies.  So to some buyers, the best bet is to go with a male artist.  Where does that leave living female artists today?  I can only say that I know where the women artists are.  They’re working hard in their studios, jobs, homes, schools, communities, and most importantly for equality.

The Links:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles//21076

http://studiocleo.com/gallerie/martin/martin.html

http://www.artbasel.com/go/id/ss/lang/eng/

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