Greg Allen’s article in today’s NY Times "The X Factor: Is the Art Market Rational or Biased?" is enough to make any woman artist fighting mad.
The grand discrepancy between works by women and men that are actually making it to the auction block is staggering. THEN, when it gets to auction, the discrepancy in what it fetches is phenomenal. We’re talking first-rate women artists here!
Interestingly, Michael Plummer, the president and chief operating officer of
Fernwood Art Investments, raises a pretty basic question. "While women have taken positions of
prominence in the art world," he said, "collecting remains a
male-dominated activity, and it appears that’s going to continue for
some time. I would ask what might be the impact of having the large
part of the customer base be men."
Should we be cultivating more female collectors?