quote Review of June 2015 issue of ArtNews

By Maura Callahan:

“Forty-five years after feminist art historian Linda Nochlin’s controversial essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” was published in ARTnews and exposed the boys club of art history and the contemporary art world, the magazine’s June issue revisits the question once again with an analytical essay by guest editor and founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Maura Reilly. The essay is followed by responses from 17 artists representing different generations, including Cindy Sherman, K8 Hardy, Coco Fusco, Lynda Benglis, Wangechi Mutu, and the Guerrilla Girls, plus a new interview with Nochlin reflecting on the shifts in feminism and women’s involvement in the arts as well as additional essays on the subject by female curators. While acknowledging that many women—namely, women with financial means—no longer face some of the challenges that existed for women in the arts four decades ago to the same degree, Reilly’s statistical analysis reinforces the art world’s relatively stagnant exclusivity and tendency to champion the white male artist over everyone else. The abysmal truth these numbers reveal has been reflected repeatedly by previous studies as well as museum and gallery “report cards” compiled by feminist artist collectives Pussy Galore and the Guerrilla Girls; every time we’re left with the feeling that the rate of improvement in the art world does not match the powerful feminist statements and actions the art world has seen over the last several decades. In response to a question she recieved from an art dealer while working on the issue, editor-in-chief Sarah Douglas promises in her introduction that when there is no longer a need for women to fight for equal footing in the art world, ARTnews will do an issue on male artists.”

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