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Women Can't Paint Helen Gorrill (Royal Academy of Arts, UK)

Women Can't Paint By Helen Gorrill (Royal Academy of Arts, UK)

Women Can't Paint by Helen Gorrill (Royal Academy of Arts, UK)

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Women Can't Paint: Gender, the Glass Ceiling and Values in Contemporary Art by Helen Gorrill (Royal Academy of Arts, UK)

In 2013 Georg Baselitz declared that 'women don't paint very well'. Whilst shocking, his comments reveal what Helen Gorrill argues is prolific discrimination in the artworld. In a groundbreaking study of gender and value, Gorrill proves that there are few aesthetic differences in men and women's painting, but that men's art is valued at up to 80 per cent more than women's. Indeed, the power of masculinity is such that when men sign their work it goes up in value, yet when women sign their work it goes down. Museums, the author attests, are also complicit in this vicious cycle as they collect tokenist female artwork which impinges upon its artists' market value. An essential text for students and teachers, Gorrill's book is provocative and challenges existing methodologies whilst introducing shocking evidence. She proves how the price of being a woman impacts upon all forms of artistic currency, be it social, cultural or economic and in the vanguard of the 'Me Too' movement calls for the artworld to take action.

Women Can't Paint Reviews

The content of Women Can't Paint will shake the foundations of an institution where the glass ceiling is not only ?rmly in place, but as Gorrill presents, is descending. * Technical Communication *
A detailed analysis of how women are sidelined in the art world - and how they can fight back... a sound expose of the systematic vilification of art by women. * Times Higher Education *

About Helen Gorrill (Royal Academy of Arts, UK)

Helen Gorrill holds a PhD in the gendered economic and symbolic values in contemporary painting. She is an artist, academic and author, lecturing in visual culture and (in)equalities.

Table of Contents

List of figures Acknowledgements Introduction: Women Can't Paint 1: Masculinities and Femininities in Painting: The New Androgynous Aesthetics in Contemporary Art 2: The Price of Being a Woman Artist: Dollars, Dirhams, Pounds and Euros 3: The Museum Exposed: Gendered Visibilities and Essentialist Aesthetics through Equality 4: Gender Parity and Arts Prizes: 'Only Men Are Capable of Aesthetic Greatness' 5: The Importance of Wearing the Right Old (Art) School Tie: Networking, Gender and Painting Values 6: Sexism and Ageism in Visual Art Values - 'But Men are Allowed to be Old or Ugly!' 7: Smashing the Glass Ceiling of Women's Art: Manifestos for Equality That Could Actually Work Conclusion: Baselitz's Folly: Women Can Paint Glossary Appendices Notes References Index

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Women Can't Paint: Gender, the Glass Ceiling and Values in Contemporary Art by Helen Gorrill (Royal Academy of Arts, UK)
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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