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Forgotten scientists given the spotlight
If you asked to name a female scientist, current day or historically, could you? Because so many can't, designer Amanda Phingbodhiakkiya decided to take on the challenge of reminding people that women have contributed some important work to science alongside their male counterparts. 

She created beautiful posters of 40 of the forgotten, or overlooked women who have contributed to their various scientific fields in significant and lasting ways. 

See some of her artwork in this article and read more about what motivated Amanda to focus on this topic. 

Beyond Currie: Forgotten Women Scientists Star in a Series of Beautiful Posters for Kids
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The art of sculpture is moving forward
A concrete circle in a concrete wallThe 20 women highlighted in this article are pushing the artform of sculpture forward. Using new and different materials in a variety of combinations, they are addressing sometimes difficult topics in unique ways. There are far more than the 20 listed, but it's a good place to start for some inspiration and a look into some of what is being accomplished. 



These 20 Female Artists Are Pushing Sculpture Forward
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Women set the bar in photography
Three women photographers from the Victorian England era pushed the boundaries of a little known art form to create unique, forward-thinking pictures. One photographed her family in unique and, sometimes risque, ways, while another took pictures of some of the most famous people of that time. The third aimed to make a name for herself and managed to photograph some notable people, including Theodore Roosevelt before he became president. 

Read more about how these women impacted the art form in this article. 

How Women Artists in Victorian England Pushed Photography Forward
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The psychological effects of rape viewed through art
A new survey of work by a broad spectrum of contemporary female artists takes a serious, and in-depth look at rape. Instead of focusing on the act itself, the exhibition delves into the psychological effects of rape, "her suffering, silence, shame, and loneliness." 

This article looks at the three generations of artists included in the exhibition and the difference between male artists portraying rape and the pieces included in this survey.   

After you've had a chance to read the article, why not visit our Facebook Group to add your voice to the discussion. What are your thoughts on how rape has historically been portrayed through art compared to the works in this survey?

The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S.
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A dancer teaching truths
When many of us think of "dance", we think of bodies without limitations. But Alice Sheppard is challenging this preconception. The dancer performs from a wheelchair in a way that the chair and the dancer are one. 

She came to dance after accepting a dare from a dancer who had lost a leg from cancer. Once she started dancing, she quit her job in academia and took to the stage full time. 

Read more about her art and the impact it's having on the world in this article. 

Alice Sheppard is Moving the Conversation Beyond Loss and Adversity
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How Yentl was made and how it applies today
Barbra Streisand was the first woman to write, direct, produce, and star in a film. The film earned her a Golden Globe for directing - the first, and so far, only, for a woman. 

But what's the story behind the film? Streisand had to fight to get the film made. After purchasing the rights to the story, she was told the story was too Jewish for the commercial market, that she was too old to play the lead and much more. But sheer determination and incredible talent made the film a success. 

Read more about the makings of Yentl and how the difficulties apply to women in the industry today in this article

Praise 'Yentl', the Film Barbra Streisand Had to Fight Like Hell to Make
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Millions donated anonymously now given an identity
a row of paper dollsOver the last 22 years, Susan Unterberg gave $5.5 million to underrecognized female artists over the age of 40. And she did it anonymously. 

But now, she has decided to share about her role "so that she can more openly argue on behalf of women who are artists, demonstrate the importance of women supporting women and try to inspire other philanthropists."  

She was, once upon a time, in the same situation the women she supports are in and wants to promote women in the arts and equality in the art world. 

Read more about Susan Unterberg, her art and her role in supporting women over the past 22 years in this NY Times article. Then head over to our Facebook group to join the discussion. What do you think about Unterberg now going public with her anonymous donations? 

She Gave Millions to Artists Without Credit. Until Now.


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Central Park unveils design for new statue
An arial view of Central ParkIn all of New York City, there are only 5 statues of historical women compared to 145 statues of men. In 2020, a statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony will be to Central Park. The two were women's rights activists and played important roles in the women's suffrage movement. 

The sculptor, Meredith Bergmann, had her design for the statue chosen from among 90 submissions. It is the first of necessary steps to include underrepresented groups in the statues in the park. 

Read more about the statue and the issues of underrepresented groups in this article. 

Here's the First Statue Depicting Real Women in Central Park, Coming in 2020
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Abuse comes in all forms
a faceless woman on a background of burn marksAnne Sexton was a successful poet who influenced women's rights and was a voice for the mentally ill. But after her death, it was also revealed that she sexually abused her daughter who was also the topic of many of her poems. 

We are so used to a man being the abuser and many of us have been able to dismiss the art of men who are abusers regardless of how successful they were before allegations were made public. But is it harder to do this when the abuser is a woman? 

The author of this article looks at the life of Anne Sexton and how the abuse she reigned down on her daughter can - and possibly should - change the way we look at her success and her art. 



When the Sexually Abusive Artist is a Woman
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Censorship of art
a close up of the stars of the American flagOn July 5, a flag art by Josephine Meckseper was installed at The University of Kansas. Almost immediately, a cry went up from Kansas' Republican lawmakers who claimed the art was 'disrespectful' because it disrespected the military and defaced the national flag. They demanded it be removed. 

The University gave in to the demands and removed the artwork last week. Read more about the flag art and the issues surrounding the censorship in this article. 

What do you think of this sort of censorship of art? Do you think the piece was disrespectful? Join the conversation on our Facebook Group

The University of Kansas has censored a flag art by Josephine Meckseper after Republicans claimed it was 'disrespectful'
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No degree in art
Kara Walker was only 24 when she found success in the art world with her mural "Gone, an Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart". At the age of 27, she was the second-youngest recipient of the MacArthur "genius" grant. 

But what does she have to say to aspiring young artists? She wants to see change happen in the art world, and she believes that the next generation of aspiring artists will be the ones to make it happen. 

Watch a short clip of Kara's message and read the article about her work here. 


'There's No Diploma in the World that Declares You an Artist': Watch Kara Walker Lay Out Her Advice for Art Students
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National Gallery acquires work by female artist
For the first time in 27 years, the National Gallery in London has added a piece of art by a female artist. Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Artemisia Gentileschi was acquired after it was sold privately. Due to the time period that the museum focuses on (1250-1900), and their focus on Western art, works by women that fit are extremely rare and there are limited works by female artists to add to the collection. Read more about the acquisition in this article

The National Gallery acquired an artwork made by a female artist for the first time in 27 years
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The subject of the art
A graphic of a woman with flowers in her hairAudrey Munson was still a teenager when she moved to New York to pursue acting. She was quickly discovered and asked to pose for an artist - but it had to be naked. It took some work to convince her mother to allow this, but it was the start of a career sitting for artists for paintings and sculptures. She also acted in silent films once works with her image became well-known. But for someone who had her likeness everywhere, her story isn't well known. 

Read more about Audrey's life and what it meant to be the muse to so many artists. After you've had a chance to read the article, join the discussion on our Facebook group around what it meant to be a woman who was the subject of art around 1915. 

The Forgotten Story of Audrey Munson, Famous Muse and Fierce Advocate for Women Artists
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Mister Rogers Neighborhood lives on
a view of a suburban area from aboveDid you know Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood originated from Mister Rogers? The television show, aimed at young children, was created by Angela C. Santomero (she also created Blues Clues) and takes the first puppet ever introduced on Mister Rogers into a cartoon show. The show continues with the themes found in Mister Rogers for good, clean, children's entertainment. 

Read more about the story behind Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and the woman who created the show in this article

This Modern-Day Mister Rogers is Making Children's TV Good Again
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Friendship in a letter
three hands are clasped togetherWith so many people dealing with mental illness, this article is a good reminder that we should make the effort to reach out to those around us. 

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
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Why Art is a big topic for a graphic novel
The word "why" is made out of question marksEleanor Davis tackles the question "why art" in her recently released graphic novel. 

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?
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Collages communicating important messages
Two soldiers walking through dust or smoke are pictured from the chest downDuring the Vietnam War, artist Martha Rosler thought the anti-war literature needed a makeover. So she set out to revise the way protests are communicated. And she didn't stop when that war finished. She has tackled pressing issues around the world since that time through her collages.

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
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Science influencing the art world
A purple graphic representing a brain, on a black backgroundIn what is likely the first project of its kind, The Massachusett's Peabody Essex Museum is examining how the brain works to create art experiences that influence people.

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
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Poetry to Discover
Finding new poetry can be like opening a door to a whole new world. And in this article, new poetry by five Indigenous women artists is featured. Ranging in style, topic and voice, these poems tell stories of the lives of their authors. Along with detailed information about the poets, a new piece by each of the five is included. 

New Poetry by Indigenous Women
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Art history has some gaping holes
The face of a woman lies in shadowIn this NY Times article, the history of black people in the art world is examined. From black artists historically being paid pennies on the dollar of what a Caucasian artist would earn, to black gallery owners being nearly non-existent and finding roadblocks at every turn, it gives the hard truth on what people of color deal with. 

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?
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Judy Chicago pioneered feminist art programs
Fresno State Student UnionIn 1970, artist Judy Chicago began teaching at Fresno State. It was here that she pioneered the first feminist art program. This podcast explores how the creation of this art program led to the iconic installation that Judy Chicago is known for, The Dinner Party, and the women who were enrolled in the ground breaking program. 

The Artsy Podcast, No. 67: How Judy Chicago Pioneered the First Feminist Art Program
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Study illuminates the financial issues artists face
an abstract painting with circular swirls of blues, blacks and purplesA new study of over 1,000 working artists from Canada, the US, UK, France and nearly 50 other countries shows some disturbing results. 
  • 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
To learn more about the study and read more of the results, visit this link for the full article. After you've had the chance to go through the article, hop over to our Facebook Group to discuss your thoughts on the study. 


Artists Support Themselves Through Freelance Work and Don't Find Galleries Especially Helpful, New Study Says
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Artistry from scientific research
A cross section of the ground with a layer of grass, soil and rocksFor 36 years, Orra White Hitchcock translated her husbands scientific work into drawings. She never signed a single one of them and rarely received credit for her work. Nearly 200 years after she created them, her work is valued, not only for the way it explained the geological findings her husband described in his research but also for the artistic spin she put on the subject. 

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
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Jane Austen through the years
If you're a fan of Jane Austen in book or movie form, this article may interest you. It details how the novels written with fine prose about every day life in Austen's era have been romanticized and idealized in a way that possibly diverges from the original intention.

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
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New finds for Kahlo fans
An oil painting of Frida Kahlo with rich shades of redA treasure trove of personal items and letters belonging to Frida Kahlo was found locked in a bathroom 50 years after her death. Though a strange story, it seems that after her death, her husband locked away these items and instructed a friend not to release the items until 15 years after he himself had died. 

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
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Motherhood in the art world
A woman holds a newborn babyA new documentary interviews four female artists about their art, their lives as mothers and how the two intersect to impact each other. These four women were chosen because not only are they artists and mothers but they made the conscious choice to make motherhood a part of their art. 

"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
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Life of transgender women in photos
Pilar Vergara traveled the USA to photograph transgender women in their every day life. Too often, transgender people are portrayed only as part of a fetish scene, but Vergara wanted to show normal life. "Too often, they are portrayed as oddities, and what is lost with this approach is their humanity," says Vergara

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



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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her life with global fame

A sketch of Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAn 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
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Rita Dove appointed poetry editor of New York Times Magazine
A book lies open with the word "poetry" written on the bottom right cornerWhen Jake Silverstein became the editor of the New York Times Magazine, he implemented a new position - a poetry editor. Rita Dove will be the fourth to take on the role. 

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
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Baya was ahead of her time
Born in a small Muslim town in French-occupied Algeria in 1931, Baya Mahieddine was only 16 when she created her first painting of a woman. But not just any woman. Her painting featured "a goddess-queen whose ovaries were marked by flamboyant birds and whose vulva was represented by a red-winged butterfly." 

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
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Fairy tales or fairy horrors
A view of the cover of Machado's book - a woman seen from the back "Her Body & Other Parties" is a compilation of stories by Carmen Maria Machado. Although the stories seem especially relevant in the time of #MeToo, the author is quick to point out that the book was written over the past several years; that things have always been difficult for women. "My book is a reflection of how bad it's always been." Some people are like 'man, things are bad for women right now!' But women's lives have been garbage for all of human history."

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
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A podcast about Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago is well known for her large scale piece, The Dinner Party. But what many don't know is that she also pioneered the first feminist art program in the 1970s when she was teaching at Fresno State. 

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
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Lots to learn about Dorothea Lange
Many of us know Dorothea Lange's iconic photograph, Migrant Mother, but many of us don't know much about the life and work of this artist. 

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


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Pineapples and Georgia
A close up of a pineapple against a bright blue backgroundGeorgia O'Keeffe's work is well known around the world. But many of us don't realize she also did commissions for businesses at various times in her career. 

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
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It should not be this difficult for an artist to receive credit for her work
A long standing problem, having a female artist acknowledged for her work is not always a straightforward matter.

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
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Female critics for a different opinion
 
Bright red cherries laid outRotten Tomatoes, a site to read film critic reviews of movies and television, is full of male opinions. 73% of the "top critics" in 2016 were male. And this may skew the opinions of movies that are geared towards women with topics that appeal more to female audiences. 

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
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Age not a barrier at one art gallery
For artists who haven't seen large amounts of success by the time they reach 60, in many cases, they run into ageism and have trouble finding galleries to show their work. 

The Instagram icon 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
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Craftivism in action
Crochet of blue yarnCraftivism is a term used to label some of the traditional arts created by women, challenging those who disparage "women's work". 

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
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Africa captured in photographs
Six female photographers who focus on Africa and its diaspora have been brought together in a new exhibition. In this article, the artists discuss what their focus is and how their images challenge what many think of Africa and its people. An image from each artist is shared, along with the story of the image.  

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
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Previously censured may now get attention
Although the article is a few months old, it provides an interesting look at the history of sexually explicit artwork by women. Labelled "obscene" in the 70s and 80s, many female artists were pushed into obscurity. Some had their work seized, while others simply couldn't find anywhere to show. 

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.
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Raising a feminist told through art
A collection of comic books and graphic novels on display for saleIn Primahood: Magenta, graphic novelist Tyler Cohen looks at how to raise a feminist daughter. She examines the"p" word (that's princess for all of you wondering!), kid crushes, and the issues surrounding gender, sexuality and race in an entertaining, yet thought provoking manner. But interspersed in the novel are surreal graphics of half-naked humanoid matriarchal figures that illustrate the female to female connection. Find snippets from the novel in this article

A Graphic Novel Considers How to Raise a Feminist

 
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How a movement has inspired art
#MeToo is written on a screenThe New York Times has been running a series on the #MeToo movement written by their gender team. They provide updates, insights and commentary. In this article, they highlight reader artwork that has been created because of this movement. The artists share their work and explain what the movement has meant to them. The art includes everything from cartoons to watercolors and illustrates personal experiences or those shared with the artist. 

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
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Success as a ceramicist
Helen Levi is a ceramicist with a photography degree who now makes her living creating pottery. 

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
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Art lessons for North Korea
the North Korea flag is inside an outline of the countryArtist Mina Cheon, a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art has been sending USB sticks loaded with contemporary art lessons into North Korea using complicated smuggling techniques. So far she has recorded and sent ten lessons that introduce viewers to artists, artistic techniques and gives assignments that are lighthearted. She doesn't want the lessons to be able to be construed as propaganda because they are meant only to teach about art.

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
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An imprisoned work of art by Faith Ringgold
An image of bars over a window with bricks on each sideIn 1971, artist, author, and activist Faith Ringgold received a grant that stipulated she had to create a public work. After looking into where her work would be welcomed, she decided to paint an 8-by-8 feet mural for the Correctional Institution for Women on Rikers. For 40 years her work was "imprisoned" here even after the women were moved to a different area and her work was no longer appreciated by the men who are now housed in this section. 

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
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Boys by Girls attempts to ignore the physical
Photographer Cecilie Harris has created a bi-annual publication in which female photographers capture images of males. She believes that with fewer elements to play with such as hair and makeup, it's necessary for the photographer to pull more from herself to capture the essence of the man she is photographing. She attempts to ignore the physical attributes of her models and aims to capture their soul. 

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
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Me Too in pictures
The #MeToo movement has been the beginning of a revolution against sexual harassment and sexual abuse. People around the world are standing up to say they have been on the receiving end of unwanted sexual harassment in a way that has never been seen before. Photographers have been working to capture the essence of the movement through their pictures. 

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
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Women are too often commissioned based on their gender
A lamp designed by Cecilie Manz, is on a desk with photographs on the wallCecilie Manz is a successful Danish designer who wants to be hired based on her portfolio, not on her gender. She is presenting multiple designs in Milan at this year's design week and states that her designs incorporate both the client's needs and personality with her own brand. Cecile is up front about what clients can expect from her to ensure they don't expect "to get a wobbly pink shape."

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
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Race and gender are hot topics on the book presses
For so many years, race and gender have been topics avoided or discussed in hushed tones. But recently, there has been a surge of books published on the topics in both fiction and non fiction realms. 

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
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Art to heal
A documentary scheduled to be released this year follows the life of one of the most well known female artists of our time, Yayoi Kusama.

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
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