The Impact of Under-representing Females in the Art World

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Source: The Guardian

Artworks by female artists make up only 4% of collections at the National Gallery of Scotland, but female underrepresentation in the art world is widespread. Male artists, for example, made up more than three-fourths of solo artists performances in the last decade across major galleries, including Lisson Gallery, Victoria Miro, and White Cube’s.

The issue is not only in publicly funded institutions, but also in commercial galleries, where the impact of female artist underrepresentation is far-reaching. Galleries and museums shape the way that the world consumes and appreciates art; if art created by men is all that is available for patrons to discuss, admire, and consume, then works by male artists become the highest standard for arts and culture. Additionally, art pieces created by men tend to have a higher market value.

In the public sphere, arts leaders in museums and galleries are actively working to close the gap by making art consumers aware of the issue, and by expanding opportunities for female artists to showcase their work.

Read full story at: The Guardian

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