2 3 live&learn&rejoice: women artists

February 18, 2011

women artists

why are there so few women artists represented in mainstream museums? (not a rhetorical question nor a particularly original one . . .)

i learned that the whitney museum did a retrospective of georgia o'keefe in 1970 (http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/american-modernism.html) and lots of museums have a mary cassatt or two (http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/cassatt) & helen frankenthaler's paintings get hung in museums (http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/frankenthaler_helen.html) as do those of joan mitchell http://www.artchive.com/artchive/M/mitchell.html  . . . and frida kahlo has been popularized in recent years (http://www.fridakahlo.com/) and no other women painters really come to mind.


so introducing a few women artists that are new to me...

Pamela Masik (Canadian, contemporary): http://missingwomen.blogspot.com/2011/01/ubc-museum-cancels-offensive-painting.html

Fanny Fleury (French, 1848-1920): http://beardedroman.com/?tag=women-artists

Dorothea Rockburne (another Canadian, contemporary):

Lynda Benglis (American, contemporary): http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/arts/design/13benglis.html?ref=arts

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