It’s international womensday, I’m sure you already noticed…
Time for me to think a about women in art. I bet the first woman who came to your mind was Frida Kahlo. Am I right?
Kahlo is amazing, one just cannot elude from her pictures and the stunning photographs her father (or others) took of her. One cannot help but admire her for the way she stood up after her tragic accident.
It’s international womensday, so I just have to post a picture of a very special woman. Frida Kahlo is not only a famous artist, she is a symbol for emancipation and women, though/because her own biography is characterized by obstacles. She said a wonderful and movational thing: ‘At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.’ This is a regram by @fridakahlooficial
When I thought about wether I should take her as my personal hero post today, I started thinking about the situation for female artists today. Sad enough, I came to the conclusion that there is still a lot to do. The awareness for female artists is weak.
You don’t believe me? Then name 5 male artists who had their pictures sold for more than 1m$ during the past ten years. Pretty easy even for persons who don’t spend their everyday live in the artworld. Well, now name 5 female artists whose artwork reached the same prices. No? I didn’t manage this without cheating, either.
Let me present the 5 best-selling female artists to you:
1.) Georgia O’Keeffe
Her picture ‘Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932)’ sold for 44 million $ last year.
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.” Happy birthday to Georgia O’Keeffe, born on this day in 1887. An American artist, O’Keeffe has been recognized as the “Mother of American modernism.” The Museum’s beloved “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1” (1932) is currently on loan to The Tate Modern in London as part of this year’s O’Keeffe retrospective. #CrystalBridges #GeorgiaOKeeffe
2.) Louise Bourgeois
Her ‘spider (1996)’ sold for 28 million $ in 2015. She’s my role model, though she never wanted to be one!
3.) Joan Mitchell
Her painting ‘untitled (1960)’ sold for 11.9 million in 2014. The Joan Mitchell Foundation shows one of her sketchbooks on their website, don’t miss it. Here is a little peak inside:
For the final day of February, we have something special from the Archives to share: a 32-page sketchbook, ca. 1990. An excerpt is above, and see the full HD sketchbook from front to back cover on our site (link in bio). #joanmitchell #joanmitchellfoundation #abstract #artistsketchbook #sketchbook #pastel #1990 #abstractpainting
4.) Berthe Morisot
Her impressionist painting ‘Après le déjeuner (1881)’ sold for 10.9 million $ in 2013. Here’s ‘Hide and Seek’
5.) Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova
I have to do some homework here, I never heard of her before. Hmh, russia is some blank space in my art worldmap, I don’t know anything about russian artists! Her piece ‘Les fleurs (1912)’ sold for 10.8 million in 2008.
My cheat-sheet for the prices is this cool site on artnet btw.
And what about contemporary artists like Yayoi Kusama? Vanessa Beecroft? Yoko Ono? Marina Abramović? Barbara Kruger? Elizabeth Peyton? I’m just naming some of the best-known female artists but I assume that for most readers those names are familiar but wouldn’t have come to mind by themselves. I’ll have to ask my husband. He doesn’t work in the art branch, but he is very interested in art. I don’t hink he could name any of these. Maybe Abramović, as we saw a self-portrait of her in an exhibition last fall.
So, there is one book I want to recommend to you, in case you’re interested in woman as artists: ‘Danger! Woman Artists at Work’ by Debra N. Mancoff. You can buy it at amazon.com: