Art Fix Friday: September 11, 2015

“Become a creative enabler. My secret to success is making sure others can be highly successful and productive too,” says NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling in the third installment of artnet’s “Women Share Their Secrets to Art World Success.

Female art world professionals shared words of wisdom for women looking to find their place in the arts. The latest group of 31 women work at top-tier galleries, PR firms, and auction houses. Check out artnet’s other survey responses in their first and second installments.

Front-Page Femmes

Matika Wilbur attempts to photograph members of each federally recognized Native American tribe in the United States.

Iranian artist Atena Farghadani’s shook her lawyer’s hand and faces new charges including “indecent conduct.”

Actresses Sally Field and Miriam Colón, singer Meredith Monk, and visual artist Ann Hamilton will receive National Medals of Arts from the White House.

Hyperallergic examines Lorraine O’Grady’s 1983 performance piece Art Is…

The Huffington Post praises Doubleworld, the New Museum’s exhibition of Sarah Charlesworth’s photo-collages.

Saudi artist Arwa Alneami’s photographs and videos, Drop Zone, are named after her hometown’s amusement park, where women are not permitted to scream loudly on rides.

Melissa Cooke’s large-scale graphite drawings look like surrealistic black-and-white photographs.

Product designer Sara Little Turnbull died on Friday at age 97. The New York Times remembers the innovative artist for her diverse inspirations, ranging from geisha styles, to prison, to a Kenyan park.

Mozart’s sister—a child prodigy whose career ended at age 18—is the subject of a new play called The Other Mozart.

The Art Newspaper reviews Jesse Locker’s latest book, Artemisia Gentileschi: the Language of Painting.

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards celebrated its 80th anniversary. Edith Anisfield Wolf created the award in 1935 to celebrate books that explored issues of race.

17th-century artist and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian’s fascination with butterflies is the subject of a new book. Hyperallergic’s review states the book shows how Merian “progressed from a young girl curious about the natural world, to one of the first researchers to examine butterflies in such detail.”

Brain Pickings shares portions of a 1968 interview between Janis Joplin and radio host Studs Terkel.

The Washington Post explores the recent publishing trend in memoirs of female rockers, attributed in part to the “different way that women rockers tell stories—with more humility and vulnerability than their male counterparts.”

Bustle recommends 17 nonfiction women-authored books, including works by Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Shows We Want to See

Ieva Epnere’s latest exhibition contains videos, photographs, and tent-like installations that highlight the isolated beauty of a former mining town in Norway.

Tate Modern’s The World Goes Pop “provides a valuable corrective to the notion that Pop Art was a male preserve.” Including 25 female artists, the exhibition reveals how many women used Pop Art motifs to critique 1960s and ’70s social norms.

American minimalist Anne Truitt’s drawings are on display at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York. The Art Newspaper shares a video of the artist discussing her Tokyo period from 1964 to 1967.

—Emily Haight is the digital editorial assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Art Fix Friday: June 26, 2015

ARTnews writer Ben Davis follows up Maura Reilly’s recent article by asking, “What will it take to finally put an end to sexism in art?” The limits of counting, conditions for success, the pay gap, and the representation gap are cited as contributing issues. Some of the article’s sobering stats and opinions are:

  • In the U.S. only 30% of all artists represented by galleries are women.
  • Today, female college graduates make about 22% less than men.
  • Interest in feminism ebbs and flows over the years.
  • Art sales constitute a fraction of how many contemporary artists make a living.

Front-Page Femmes

A pioneer in feminist art, Miriam Schapiro, passed away at the age of 91. Hyperallergic, Artnet, and The New York Times discuss her teachings, her work with Judy Chicago, and her pivotal role in the development and definition of feminist art.

Greta Gerwig talks to The Huffington Post about the problematic expectations of female characters in movies. Gerwig says, “I think likability is not just an issue for characters, it’s an issue for women in general. It can be a real straightjacket limiting life. It can feel like you’re operating outside of social norms when that’s your highest value: to be liked. I think it’s really tricky.”

Nina Simone is the inspiration behind three upcoming films and a tribute album. The New York Times says, “Fifty years after her prominence, Nina Simone is now reaching her peak.” NPR explores the songstress’s life and career through five songs.

ARTnews gets a glimpse into Barbara Kasten: Stages at ICA in Philadelphia.

Hyperallergic covers Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm at the Drawing Center. Frank focuses on the grisly and grotesque aspects of fairy tales in an attempt to recontextualize favorite stories from a feminist perspective.

Speaking Back at Goodman Gallery highlights various female perspectives on issues of race, culture, and gender. The show’s curator Natasha Becker says the exhibition focuses on “imagination and the right of black women artists to imagine, and the power in that.”

Conceptualist photographer Sarah Charlesworth’s works are on view at the New Museum.

—Emily Haight is the digital editorial assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.