Where Are The Great Women Artists?

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Where Are The Great Women Artists? Take sixty seconds to write down all the male artists you know of. Now take sixty seconds to write down all the female artists you know of. The chances are that your first list produced far more artists than your second. Perhaps you have some token women artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and/or Frida Kahlo in your list. Why do these lists generate more male names than female? Are females incapable of the becoming great artists? Do they have a different kind of greatness? Or, as the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin suggests in her ground-breaking article Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?, there are no great women artists; no female version of Picasso or Van Gogh, because they simply haven’t been allowed to be great.
Throughout history women have been seen as the exception to the rule that artists are men. While conditions have improved, women are still excluded from galleries, museums, textbooks, and overall are not granted the same privileges as male artists. Many people insist that today women are granted equality in the art world, yet textbooks solely on ‘women artists’ exist; instead of integrating women into the general history of art there is a whole separate section for them. Instead of simply calling everyone artists terms such as ‘woman-artist’ exist. World renowned museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art insist that they have ‘integrated women into their collection’, yet the…
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