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Women's History Month

"The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I'm one of the best painters." Georgia O'Keeffe

I’m honored the Copley Society has recognized myself and other women artists in their Women’s History Month Blog (click to see) Encourage your friends and co-workers to visit the Copley Society.

Springtime Swan Ride cl 2

Springtime Swan Ride

Oil on Linen 30x40
Selected for "In the Style Of" a new show opening March 8,
Juried by Tom Kellaway, editor of "American Art Review."

Get the Facts

Women artists are underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries, auction houses, and art fairs.

Work by women artists makes up only 3–5% of major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe, and 34% in Australian state museums. (Judy Chicago for the Guardian, Countess Report)

Of 590 major exhibitions by nearly 70 institutions in the U.S. from 2007–2013, only 27% were devoted to women artists. (The Art Newspaper)

The good news is that, while in 2005, women ran 32% of the museums in the United States, they now run 47.6%—albeit mainly the ones with the smallest budgets. (Association of Art Museum Directors)

Women still lag behind men in directorships held at museums with budgets over $15 million, holding 30% of art museum director positions and earning 75¢ for every dollar earned by male directors. (Association of Art Museum Directors)

The top three museums in the world, the British Museum (est. 1753), the Louvre (est. 1793), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (est. 1870) have never had female directors.

The Art Market

Only five women made the list of the top 100 artists by cumulative auction value between 2011-2016. (artnet News)
In the list of top 100 individual works sold between 2011-2016, only two artists were women. Of those 100 artworks, 75 of them came from just 5 male artists. (artnet News)

There are no women in the top 0.03% of the auction market, where 41% of the profit is concentrated. Overall, 96.1% of artworks sold at auction are by male artists. (Bocart et al., Glass Ceilings in the Art Market)

The discount for women’s art at auction is 47.6%; even removing the handful of “superstar” artists that skew the data, the discount is still significant at 28%. (Adams, et al., Is Gender in the Eye of the Beholder?)

The most expensive work sold by a woman artist at auction, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, sold in 2014 for $44.4 million—over four hundred million dollars less than the auction record for a male artist: Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which sold in 2017 for $450.3 million, shattering the previous record of $179.4 million for a work by Picasso. (artnet News, New York Times)

Make a Change

This month I urge you to purchase one of my "lovely" paintings or reproductions My work is represented by The Copley Society and The Gallery at Four India please contact them and help make a difference today.

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