July 18, 2008

Prejudice and Discrimination Against Women Artists

In another no surprise moment it seems that women painters, sculptors and other artists don't get sold for the same amount of money as their male peers.

Iwan Wirth who represents sculptor Louise Bourgeois said: "An artist's gender should have nothing to do with their market value. I see this happen with the major artists we represent, such as Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell and Eva Hesse, who are exceptionally high-ranking artists."

Love this idiot statement from art critic Brian Sewell:

"The art market is not sexist," Mr Sewell said. "The likes of Bridget Riley and Louise Bourgeois are of the second and third rank. There has never been a first-rank woman artist.

"Only men are capable of aesthetic greatness. Women make up 50 per cent or more of classes at art school. Yet they fade away in their late 20s or 30s. Maybe it's something to do with bearing children."

Can't believe this man is allowed to have a fucking job as an art critic. We have so much work to do.

'There's never been a great woman artist' (The Independent)