Baltimore Museum of Art’s Pledge to Buy Art by Women Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Critics Say
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Baltimore Museum of Art’s Pledge to Buy Art by Women Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Critics Say

The Contemporary Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Matt McClain for The Washington Post via Getty Images The Contemporary Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Matt McClain for The Washington Post via Getty Images The art that ultimately appears in public museums has usually either been gifted to the institution by a generous benefactor or acquired by the museum with its own funds. But it’s often hard to discern which method of acquisition has a greater effect on an individual museum overall. In November, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced that in 2020, the institution would only acquire works of art that have been created by women in an attempt to radically correct an unfortunate industry standard: in the past decade, only 11 percent of all the artwork acquired by America’s most prominent museums has been made by women. However, recent backlash against this initiative has sprung up from Baltimore women working in the arts , who are critical of the notion that one year of gender-specific acquisitions will do much to erase centuries of inequality. In a collection of statements compiled by BmoreArt, visual artists, critics, museum directors and more all weighed in on the limitations […]

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