Museum Acquisitions

Here's an interesting stat from yesterday's New York Times: only 11 percent of all art acquired by museums in the last decade was made by women.

According to the National Endowment of the Art, artists are "distributed more or less evenly by gender (46 percent are female)" yet women artists earn $0.77 for every dollar men artists earn. (see note 1)


Do you think we should all start signing on the back so no one knows who's made a particular piece until it's in hand?  That way the response to the art is "pure"?  How do we convince gallery owners that a woman's dialogue -- written, visual, spoken, whatever -- is just as valuable as what a man has to say?

Seriously, what do we do?

Mary Cassatt, Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878
National Gallery of Art Washington, Oil on canvas

1.  National Endowment of the Arts, Artists and other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait, April, 2019, pp 9 and xi respectively.