Why This Art Dealer Is Showing “100% Women” for the Next Year
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Why This Art Dealer Is Showing “100% Women” for the Next Year

In the U.S., six women have so far announced presidential bids for 2020, rendering the phrase “female presidential candidate” an archaism. London dealer Richard Saltoun, who will launch a year-long program in March showing only female artists, wants to do something similar for the expression “female artists.” Over the past few years, art fairs, museums, and nonprofits have dedicated special shows and prizes to work by historical and living female artists. Fair., a nonprofit all-women art fair , ran alongside Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2017; Frieze London carved out special sections for art by women during both of its past two editions; and the Freelands Foundation in the United Kingdom gives £100,000 annually to a regional arts organization to present an exhibition (including new work) by a mid-career female artist . But commercial gallery representation still leans heavily in the favor of men— even at galleries run by women . Saltoun’s seven-year-old gallery, which focuses heavily on conceptual and performance art, has long had a female-heavy roster. But he and his two directors, Niamh Coghlan and Allison Thorpe, realized in the past year that they finally had the critical mass to put together a year’s worth of […]

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