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In 1933, Georgia O'Keeffe was dealing with mental health issues and was hospitalized. Her friend, Frida Kahlo, reaches out through a letter to inquire about her health, share some day to day news and make plans to visit upon her return to area in which Georgia was currently residing.
Though in no way an in depth letter, it should just remind us to support others in our lives be they artists, friends, family or acquaintances.
Frida Kahlo Writes a Personal Letter to Georgia O'Keeffe After O'Keeffe's Nervous Breakdown
Using sketches and a narrator, she looks at how to classify art in more than just visual form. She then uses a parable to explain her message to the reader.
The overriding concept of the novel "reflects an unadulterated belief in the power of art, encompassing the varied philosophies of art."
Once you've had a chance to read the article, join us on our Facebook Group for a discussion of "Why Art". Share your reasons for art with the group.
A Graphic Novel Asks, Why Art?
Always a combination of comfort or every day living with the atrocities the world is experiencing, her works are easily understood to be a statement against the things going on around us. In the days of short attention spans and online snippets, her work allows her message to be conveyed quickly and easily.
Read more about the messages she is communicating, how her art became what it is and the artists who came before her in this article.
Martha Rosler's Powerful Collages Are A Wake-Up Call to America
They have hired a neuroscientist to study how neuroscience can influence the way we view art exhibits. Experiencing a decline in gallery attendance over the last decade, museums need to consider that society is changing and learn how to best engage with people to create enjoyable, repeatable visits.
Read more about the neuroscientist who is leading the research and what it might mean for the art world in this Smithsonian article. Then head over to our Facebook Group and join the conversation about the idea of science influencing the art world.
The Neuroscientist in the Art Museum
New Poetry by Indigenous Women
It also highlights some of those involved in working towards greater equality for black artists in the art world and how they are moving to make inclusion the norm.
Why Have There Been No Great Black Art Dealers?
The Artsy Podcast, No. 67: How Judy Chicago Pioneered the First Feminist Art Program
- the majority make less than $30,000 annually
- only 12% say that gallery sales have been helpful in sustaining their career
- 61% say freelance and contract work was the most significant in sustaining their art
Artists Support Themselves Through Freelance Work and Don't Find Galleries Especially Helpful, New Study Says
Learn more about Orra and how her work came to be the of interest in this article.
The Story of Orra White Hitchcock And the Women Whose Modesty Hides Their Talent
From the fact that Austen's way of life now seems foreign, to the movie and television adaptions of her books, there are many reasons that our view of Jane Austen is different than her peers and readers viewed her during her lifetime.
Becoming Jane: How Austen Transformed Into a Chick Lit Icon
The friend respected his wishes, but added many more years to his request. But now, with these items available to followers, a new layer of the famed artist is revealed.
Learn more about the items that were uncovered and where they are now on display in this article.
How Frida Kahlo's Husband Tried to Lock Away Her Letters to Other Lovers
"Being an artist and mother is not a fixed identity," says one of the creators of the documentary, "and we wanted to film with folks at the complex intersections of these experiences - not only in their work, but in their lives."
Read more about the documentary in this article.
What do you think of the article's suggestion that art that features motherhood may not be seen apart from the mothering aspect? Visit our Facebook Group to join the discussion.
Four Women on How Motherhood Impacted Their Lives and Careers
The 15 women she photographed are all part of her new photo book, Female. View some of the photos in this article.
The Photojournalist Showing Transgender Women As They Are
An in depth look at author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who wrote well known fiction Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. The New Yorker article goes into detail on her early work, her writing habits, her mentoring programs, and how she copes with her global fame. It's always interesting to learn how artists practice their craft.
It's also interesting to learn that as her reach grew, so did her aversion to talking about her work and her belief in the strength of her words. "The more she wrote, the less sure she became. Each post scraped off yet one more scale of self until she felt naked and false."
There is an hour long audio version if listening is a preferred method of learning more about this Nigerian-born artist.
After you've had a chance to read or listen to the article, join our Facebook group for a discussion on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and how her success has impacted her life.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame
She is a poet, teacher and now the woman responsible for finding poetry to share with readers every week. Poems must have been published recently and Dove hopes that her choices will draw people into a love of poetry whether they have any previous experience with reading and enjoying this type of literature.
Read more about Rita Dove, her work and her one-year role with the New York Times Magazine in this article.
NYT Magazine's Rita Dove on what poetry might grant unsuspecting news readers
During her lifetime, her work was often overshadowed by the male artists around her. But now her work is being shown to highlight her own talent as an artist aside from any male influences.
Read more about the "child-artist" as many called her and her female-centric art in this article.
The Algerian Teenager Who Painted a World of Liberated Women in 1940s Paris
To learn more about the book, check out this article. When you've read the article, why not head over to our Facebook group and join the discussion about Carmen Maria Machado's opinion on the difficulties women continue to face.
The Author Writing Fairy Tales About the Horrors of Womanhood
If you've got a few minutes, listen to this podcast to learn more about the artist, the program she started, the women enrolled in the class and how it helped to create now-iconic installation Womanhouse at CalArts.
The Artsy Podcast, No. 67: How Judy Chicago Pioneered the First Feminist Art Program
For instance, she was the first woman to be awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography, although she decided not to finish the 12 month commitment, instead going to capture images of the Japanese-American Internment Camps for the U.S. Office of War Information. And for some reason, her work wasn't archived or maintained and some nearly ended up in the garbage!
Read more about Dorothea Lange, her life, and her work, in this article.
6 Things You Didn't Know About Dorothea Lange
This article highlights a trip to Oahu, Hawaii that Dole paid for in exchange for two paintings that they would use in their advertising. It looks at the artistic freedom that Dole gave O'Keeffe and the life circumstances that may have led her to accept the commission.
Her trip is also now being highlighted in this exhibition.
When Georgia O'Keeffe Went to Hawaii to Paint Pineapples.
NYGB - About the Exhibition
This article addresses many incidents over the past year or so in which a female artist wasn't credited in the media for the work that was being discussed. Whether it be a sculptor, a writer, or a film maker, the women in the article have all had to deal with requesting that coverage of their art be changed to correctly identify the creator.
Have you had to deal with an issue such as this? Head over to our Facebook Group to share your experiences and your thoughts on this issue.
Newspaper Refuses To Give An Artist Credit For Her Work
To counter this issue, Miranda Bailey created Cherry Picks, a review site with all-female critics who write about film, theater, music and video games. Read more about the site and why it was created in this article.
The Woman Who Created a Rotten Tomatoes With All-Female Critics
But one art gallery in Chelsea has changed that. The gallery only features work by artists over the age of 60. They are helping to break the barriers that ageism has created.
As well as showing work by older artists, they also help their clients get up to speed with technology, helping them with websites and Instagram to ensure they aren't left behind in our digital age.
Read the New York Times article here then jump over to our Facebook group and share your thoughts on a gallery that only shows art by people over the age of 60.
At a Chelsea Art Gallery, an Age Requirement: Over 60 Only
This article looks at weaving, needlepoint and other traditional activities, their history and how these art forms were used to segregate women, but then sometimes used as a way to fight back. It's interesting to consider how these activities are mentioned as far back as Homer's epics and how little things have changed in some ways, how great the difference in other ways.
From Penelope to Pussyhats, The Ancient Origins of Feminist Craftivism
From South Africa, to Angola, to England, the photos capture the spirit of people in their country of origin and the country in which they now call home.
6 Female Photographers Challenging Misconceptions of the African Continent and its Diaspora
There is some interest happening in the work that was ignored in earlier decades and this article takes a look at how the interest came to be and what that means for artists.
After you've had a look at the article, head over to our Facebook Group to share your thoughts on if "sex sells" in the art world and what that means for women artists.
Does Sex Sell When the Work is Made By Women? Explicit Feminist Art Tests the Waters at Frieze.
A Graphic Novel Considers How to Raise a Feminist
Have a look at the article and then head over to our Facebook Group to share your stories of work inspired by the #MeToo movement or what the movement means to you.
The #MeToo Movement: Art Inspired by the Reckoning
In this article, she shares how she ended up making pottery for a living and the trials and errors she took to get to the successful spot she is in now. With her own studio and sales to some well known designers, she is always busy. She also talks about how she manages the business and the busy life she leads.
How Ceramicist Helen Levi Turned Her Passion for Pottery Into a Living
Her videos are now on display so that American viewers can see what she's been sharing. Read more about what Mina Cheon has been doing and her reasons for the complicated task in this article.
Mina Cheon is Sending Contemporary Art Lessons Into North Korea
But now, this piece is on display for the public. Learn more about the history of this painting and where it can be viewed in this article.
An Exhibition About Revolution that Keeps Faith with Ringgold
Read more about her work and the publication that she created in this article.
Have you found a different way to use your art to bring about a whole different message? Head over to our Facebook group to share your comments.
"Boys by Girls" is Using the Female Gaze to Redefine Modern Masculinity
This article goes into detail on what those images look like and what they mean for both the women who are shining a light on the issues and the public who are viewing the images.
How Photographers Created the Images that will Define the Me Too Era
Read what she has to say about the topic in this article, then hop over to our Facebook group to join the conversation about the issues with artist stereotypes.
Brands "ask for you because you're a woman and not dead" says Cecilie Manz
In this article, five women who are involved in the publishing world as publishers, editors or writers, discuss the reasons for this upswing and what it means for marginalized writers.
5 Women in Publishing Talk About Why Books About Race and Gender Are So Popular
She was born and raised in Japan and came to the U.S. as a young artist to continue her work. After a difficult time dealing with mental illness and discrimination, she returned to Japan. She continued her work and found success, all while receiving treatment, using her art as therapy, and living in a mental institution.
Read more about the documentary and the life of Kusama in this article.
A Yayoi Kusama Documentary Tracks a Life in Polka Dots
Have you had experiences with censorship on any social media platform? Jump over to our Facebook Group and join the conversation on the topic.
I'm a Queer, Feminist Artist. Why Are My Paintings Censored on Social Media?
"Today, Judy Blume’s books still influence young women—a testament both to their timelessness and the rarity of honest stories about young women’s changing bodies."
Read the full article on Judy Blume's positive influence on young women in this article.
Judy Blume Taught a Generation of Young Girls to be Feminists
For the last 4 years, has been traveling the world to experience beauty and capture it through photography.
Her work has been recently published in a 500-page book of photographs. Each picture celebrates women of a multitude of ethnicities, religions and cultures in different settings going about their daily lives.
Learn more about Noroc's work and view some of her photos from 'The Atlas of Beauty' in this article or look her up on Instagram and Facebook.
'The Atlas of Beauty': Portraits of Women Around the World
How do you feel when you finish a project? Hop over to our Facebook Group and share your thoughts.
How a Book Was Born
This article highlights the first-ever show of women sign painters showcasing work from over 60 artists from 9 countries around the world. Much of the art asserts women’s rights and female power. Some address political issues, while others simply celebrate specific products.
Read more about the exhibition and see some of the signs on display in this article.
This Way to the First-Ever Show of Women Sign Painters
This article highlights some of these shows and some of the female showrunners who are making that change happen.
It also talks about Hollywood's Woolf Pack; a group of women who have made a name for themselves in movies and television who support each other in their work.
The Rise of the Female Showrunner and Hollywood's Woolf Pack
This article outlines six tips to help artists speak about their work. From being prepared and knowing your audience to steering clear of too much description, professionals in various roles in the art world have given advice that will help artists find the words to use when speaking about their own work.
Do you have other advice on this topic? Jump over to our Facebook group and join the discussion.
Six Tips For Artists to Talk About Their Work
These Women Were Missing From Your Art History Books
This cartoon illustrates one way that some find inspiration; using social media to follow other artists.
Do you find inspiration in other artists? Do you follow artists on social media? Visit our Facebook Group to add to the discussion on artists inspiring artists.
Artists Inspiring Artists
They looked at the under representation of women in the arts and then wanted to take a step further to break down the numbers surrounding women of color within the arts. There have been very few studies on the issue, as the museum found very quickly. What they did find is disheartening, but it means we need to continue to promote the work of women artists of all races and support each other in any way we can.
Read the breakdown of the statistics in this article.
What the Data Tells Us About the Challenges Facing Female Artists of Color
Erin Currier uses art to lift up her heroes and show the world the issues at hand. She blends acrylic paint with recycled materials to draw those she admires for their humanitarian work and aims to bring people together.
Read more about Erin, the 50 countries she’s visited and the people she features in her work in this article.
The Art of Justice
“Great artists don’t just happen, any more than writers, or singers, or other creators,” wrote Georgia O'Keefe. “They have to be trained, and in the hard school of experience.”
But what lessons did O'Keeffe have to teach us about being an artist? Although she didn't formally put down her opinions on the subject in an article or book, through her correspondence and multitude of interviews, we can learn a lot about the lessons she lived through and might have taught others had the opportunity arose.
What do you think of the lessons the author of this article gleaned from the life of Georgia O'Keeffe? Visit our Facebook Group to join the discussion.
How to be an artist, according to Georgia O'Keeffe
Written by women, each addresses a different area of the tech industry, some with humor and satire, others with deadly seriousness.
The novels look at the differences between the way men and women are treated in life and in this industry and asks readers to consider how life could be different.
These five women authors were chosen by previous National Book finalists and honorees of the 5 under 35 lists which makes it a great honor to be selected.
The list includes fiction, novels and short stories. If you're looking for a new author or a book to pick up, have a look at this article.
National Book Association's New 5 Under 35 Honorees are Writers to Watch