Despite Art World Claims of Diversity, Women Artists Represent Just 2% of the Market
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Despite Art World Claims of Diversity, Women Artists Represent Just 2% of the Market

Click here to read the full article. Cecily Brown’s “The Year of the Scavenger” (2012) will go up for auction at Sotheby’s on October 3. The male gaze still hasn’t blinked. Art collectors and museum directors may give lip service to the issue of gender diversity, but a startling new survey reveals that female artists remain at a severe disadvantage in both the commercial market and institutional representation. More from Robb Report Artworks by women represented a mere 2 percent of global spending at auction in the last decade, with five names accounting for more than 40 percent of that tiny fraction. The analysis of market statistics, including a survey of the acquisition and exhibition data from 26 leading US art museums, was released Thursday by the art websites artnet News and In Other Words , which is owned by Sotheby’s. Of the $196.6 billion spent globally on art at auction from 2008 to mid-2019, the survey found that only $4 billion was on art by women, less than the total spent on works by Pablo Picasso alone. A full $500 million of that sliver was spent solely on works by Yayoi Kusama, with Joan Mitchell, Louise Bourgeois, Georgia […]

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