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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
Last month, Sotheby's auctioned off 89 works of art under the title "Erotic: Passion & Desire". Only three of the 58 artists were women, although a much larger percentage of the subject matter was female based.
Sotheby's described the auction; "Pre-Columbian sculpture will be paired with Picasso works on paper; masters of photography from Man Ray to Mapplethorpe will be set off against 19th-century marbles and antique reliefs; in turn creating juxtapositions that will enliven and deepen collectors' understanding of the subject matter."
In this article, the author examines the difference between porn and "erotic art" and the influence of gender politics on how this art form is treated.
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We need to talk about erotic art
After years of collecting the plastic items, the bags started piling up and still she couldn’t part with the pieces. So, she decided to create art out of it instead of trashing it.
Her large mural is currently hanging in Toronto General Hospital.
Read more about the nurse and her art in this article.
Michelle Rich is a long time archaeologist who has recently curated an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In this article, she describes her training, past experience and her journey into the world of art.
Though many wouldn’t expect it, Michelle also describes how art is a fundamental part of archaeology. Curating exhibits wasn’t a far cry from what she had been doing for many years in her original field of work.
For International Women’s Day, a pop up bookshop in London will sell books by more than 200 female authors. The shop will “celebrate the persistence of women who’ve fought for change: those who fight, rebel and shout #LikeAWoman”, according to Penguin.
A series of literary events will also be held during the time the shop is open to promote the work of women and the impact their work has on our culture.
Like a Woman Bookshop to Sell Female Authors Only
The three generations of artist work independently but have recently had a show together in New York. The themes of motherhood and adversity run through all the works in the show.
Read more about the three women and the history of Inuit art in the contemporary art scene in this article.
This article looks at one such artist who works behind the scene to create the art used on the popular Netflix show Grace and Frankie. In the show, the fictional Frankie is an artist creating works with a quasi-German Expressionist theme. Chicago artist Nancy Rosen is the creator of the work that Frankie shows as her own.
Read more about Rosen’s work and how it feels to have your work claimed by a fictional character yet seen by millions around the world.
What it’s like to have your art exhibited to millions – on Netflix
When the upcoming Doctor Who movie was previewed with a female in the role of Doctor Who, some people were a little taken aback, but a wild cheer went up among many.
This Huffington Post article addresses our general need to see ourselves reflected in movies, television shows and books.
‘Doctor Who’ and the Sheer Power of Women-Led Sci-Fi Franchises
This article highlights an online service that helps to connect those able to mentor, with those looking for help, for a fee.
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A New Way for Artists, Writers, and Creatives to Find Mentors
In this article, the author interviews Tania about her art, her activism, the issue of free speech in Cuba, and the arrests she has endured for her artivism.
In the Studio: Tania Bruguera
While there are some interesting caveats in the study in how the research was conducted, the numbers show that some serious work needs to be done to increase diversity and equality in the arts.
Read more about the study in this article.
Failures happen in every artistic medium, but, as this article points out, they happen regularly for ceramic artists. From the actual clay being too wet or too dry, to the glazing and firing of pieces, there are endless spots during the creation of a piece where things can go wrong. And even if all of these aspects work perfectly, transporting such delicate artwork is a daunting task in and of itself.
A few artists share their mishaps and how they deal with the mistakes and failures of their process in the article. Some of these experiences must have been heartbreaking.
It leads us to wonder what sorts of problems you’ve encountered in your own art? Visit our Facebook group to share your experiences.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Art has been attempting to engage Facebook and Instagram in discussions around their community standards with no success. Images posted by the museum of abstract artwork that featured nude images were taken down by both Facebook and Instagram to the dismay of the museum.
“These images are so subtle and beautiful and so abstract,”said MFA photography curator Karen Haas. “They’re all about shapes—about turning the body into something that’s really confounding and difficult even to read as a body.”
What do you think of the rules laid out by Facebook and Instagram? Do you agree with their standpoint on artistic nudity? Visit our Facebook group to discuss with other artists.
Read more about this artist and her impact on history and current day art in this article.
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The Secret (Lunch) Lives of Remarkable Women
But her interesting life also included intrigue. She was a Royalist spy in the Netherlands, and, some say, also in South America.
This article highlights the intrigue and disparities in her life as a writer and as a spy and raises some interesting questions about living such a public yet hidden life.
The First English Woman to Make a Living as a Writer Was Also a Spy
Each book listed takes a different path to explore women in the arts, some focussing on specific artists, some on genres or spans of time. There is sure to be something that grabs the attention of anyone looking for a good read.
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Brushed Off: Women Artists and Their Fight For Recognition