These Trailblazing Female Artists Are Finally Getting the Recognition they Deserve
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These Trailblazing Female Artists Are Finally Getting the Recognition they Deserve

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’s Finding Balance Back in 1974, when oil heiress Philippa de Menil, art dealer Heiner Friedrich and art historian Helen Winkler founded Dia Art Foundation with the mission of supporting ambitious, hard-to-realize projects, they began with 12 artists, including Donald Judd, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol . “They were mainly the artists Heiner showed in his gallery in Munich,” explains Jessica Morgan, Dia’s director. “They were the people he was close to.” They were also exclusively male. Therein lies the rub—and the rough outline, repeated over centuries and across borders, for the formation of much of the Western art historical canon. The powers deciding whom to commission or exhibit were overwhelmingly white men, and they predictably migrated toward more of the same. “Without doubt, there has been systemic bias against women artists and artists of color and anything that represents diversity for decades,” says Morgan, adding that if dealers, curators or collectors “had a choice between A and B, and A was a male artist and B was a female artist, they were going to go with A.” Morgan, however, is among a growing cohort of art world insiders determined to make a major course correction . […]

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