In an article published on the New York website today, Jerry Saltz weighs in on a major problem with the new issue of Artforum, and by extension, the art world more generally. Saltz observes that of the 73 ads in the September issue of Artforum, only eleven, ELEVEN – are for solo shows by women. He says:
“The magazine is telling us that the top two-thirds of the art world are mired in self-perpetuating, self-replicating sexism: More art by men is shown and sold in large galleries because more art by men has been shown and sold in large galleries. And the result is not just about what gets shown, but what that teaches us about what is worth showing: the art world as seen in these ads is much more comfortable digesting strange, weird, surprising, and even insane work from men, but gets squeamish whenever women try to show at all”.
Let’s not forget that the sidelining of women isn’t exclusive to the arts industry either. Why not top things off with a trawl through 100% Men. Angry? Me too.