#5WomenArtists - A Hashtag to Acknowledge Women in the Arts

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 13:19
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Today the National Museum of Women in the Arts launched their social media campaign and their hastag #5womenartists to acknowledge women's contributions to the arts.

This is one of my favorite "Betty" drawings.  When she was in art school, students would sit at the bar and debate whether women could be artists.  They would challenge Betty to name one famous female artist, missing the point that our history in the arts has been buried or denied all together.  The fact that most people can't all name 5 women artists off the top of our heads is straight up misogyny.  Women have always created.

And off the top of my head I can name:
Betty Dodson
Mary Cassatt
Tamara Lempicka
Georgia O'Keeffe
Judy Friday

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Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:04

There were quite a few exhibitions in London last year including excellent shows about Marlene Dumas, Sonia Delauney and Agnes Martin. I'm also looking forward to a just announced exhibition here about Georgia O'Keefe.

In modern terms I'd have to add Louise Bourgeois, Rachel Whiteread and Frieda Kahlo to my list.

The women in my life are both astonishing and amazing.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if instead of the best male artists, the best male scientists, the best male leaders, the best male whatevers, we could just enjoy the best.
Surely the world would be a better place for all of us, men and women.