“It’s a man’s world” they say. When it comes to the art ecosystem, despite some efforts made in the recent years, it’s definitely an accurate affirmation: “According to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 51 per cent of visual artists today are women. But when it comes to exhibitions and gallery representation, the numbers tell a less optimistic story. In London, for example, 78 per cent of the galleries represent more men than women, while only 5 per cent represent an equal number of male and female artists.And beyond the statistics, women artists and curators face unique challenges, from the subjects they bring to light to the work they choose to present. As Tate Modern director Frances Morris has said, women have been discriminated against for centuries, and major institutions have typically failed to support the careers of women artists working on the margins.” Read more here.
Instagram, as I mentioned it many times here, became a great platform for artists and creatives to put their works out there and make direct sales without having to seek for gallery representation. I’ve noticed that many woman artists are using the social network to get some visibility, share their art, ideas, opinion/experience about womanhood and motherhood in a very authentic-filter free way. Few years ago Marina Abramovic told to the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel: “In my opinion (having children is) the reason why women aren’t as successful as men in the art world. There are plenty of talented women. Why do men take over the important positions? It’s simple. Love, family, children—a woman doesn’t want to sacrifice all of that.” This statement, which sparked quiet a lot of controversy at the time, seems a bit obsolete to me as even though creating requires time and space (Virginia Woolf ‘s A Room of One’s Own makes even more sense since I became a mother) motherhood can be often a trigger to start something creative and an endless subject to explore as well. I recommend you to have a look at Lauren Weinstein “comics” about being a mother and an artist on The New Yorker, pretty accurate and witty.
I’ve listed for you some accounts I like following, and will be hopefully purchasing from in the future:
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Cover picture: Alexandria Coe