Let’s play a game. Name five female artists... and one can’t be Georgia O’Keefe. This is a game I have often played with people, and to my surprise I almost always win (one of few victories I do not relish). Even harder is the “Name five female artists who were more famous than their artist husbands” game (in this Georgia O’Keefe absolutely counts. You go, girl.)
This is a blog dedicated to the unsung heroines of the art world, the women who worked alone, the women who worked in the shadows of their husbands, the women who were deemed ‘minor’ in movements of majors.
It is a blog of art criticism, which covers solo shows and exhibitions of female artists in New York City. (Check the What’s On tab for a complete list of shows on now.)
The title, Less Than Half, is derived from a 1989 poster by the art world vigilantes the Guerilla Girls.
An art world that doesn’t acknowledge the works of female artists and artists of color is not only an inequitable one, but one that ultimately harms art’s higher purpose: to expand our understanding of the world through seeing. This is my small part in righting that wrong.
Let’s get this straight, Internet, before you come at me accusing me of being a man-hater or some other such nonsense (and frankly it’s too bad I feel like I have to include this) I love male artists. I obsess over them, not because of their maleness, of course, but because of the quality of their work. Some (though certainly not all) include (in no coherent order): Robert Smithson, Albrecht Durer, Robert Motherwell, Thomas Lawrence, Constantin Brancusi, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Johannes Vermeer, Barclay Hendricks, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Lord Leighton, Clyfford Still, Andrew Wyeth, Roberto Fabelo, Albert Bierstadt….
And as some of my favorite female artists? Read on
I hold both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in the history of art. I wrote my senior thesis at Yale on the folk art collection of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, one of the three (female) founders of the Museum of Modern Art. I wrote my Master’s dissertation at the Courtauld Institute on weaver and textile designer Anni Albers.