Fame, Fortune and the Female Artist

July 22, 2014 10:45 PM

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I have collected art, and been involved with artists and the art world, for almost 50 years. Through all that time, I have wondered why female artists have less success, fewer exhibitions and attention, than male artists. I own works by women artists; it is hard for me to see, literally to see, how women and men differ in the quality of their work. Why are women artists less known and less admired?

The facts and statistics for women artists in market share, in museum and gallery showings, are dismaying. Dealers claim that women artists are not as salable as men, that they are a poor investment. We know that there are few women art collectors, a fact which may have an impact on the market. Wome...

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