Art Fix Friday: December 18, 2015

artnet shares a list of the top ten most expensive works by living women artists at auction.

Using aggregated sales from 2015 auctions, artnet created a value ranking of the artists’ works. Yayoi Kusama tops the charts with a total of over $58 million. Scan the list for some familiar NMWA artists:

  1. Yayoi Kusama: $58,348,118
  2. Cady Noland: $9,803,603
  3. Cindy Sherman: $9,602,247
  4. Julie Mehretu: $8,649,965
  5. Tauba Auerbach: $5,930,613
  6. Paula Rego: $3,407,592
  7. Chen Peiqiu: $2,981,394
  8. Tracey Emin: $2,751,275
  9. Beatriz Milhazes: $2,740,511
  10. Elizabeth Peyton: $2,714,626

Front-Page Femmes

In tragic news, Indian artist Hema Upadhyay was murdered at the age of 42 in Mumbai. Hyperallergic explores the importance of her paintings and mixed media works that exhibited a “deep emotional sensitivity to the realities of poverty and displacement.”

The Guardian reviews the 50-year career of artist provocateur Carolee Schneemann.

Colossal reviews their top 15 articles in 2015, including a story about Chicago journalist Victoria Lautman’s photo documentation of 120 subterranean stepwells in India.

Pia Camil wants people to donate objects of power, aesthetic interest, and of poignancy for her new installation, A Pot For A Latch, at the New Museum.

Tracey Moffatt was chosen to represent Australia at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Nancy Spector, the former chief curator at the Guggenheim Museum, has been named the new chief curator at the Brooklyn Museum.

The New York Review of Books reflects on the career of Japanese actress Setsuko Hara—frequently called “the Garbo of Japan.”

Rozalia Jovanovic has been appointed editor in chief of artnet.

Lady Gaga accepted the 2015 Woman of the Year award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event last Friday.

Feministing lists their favorite 10 feminist music videos of 2015.

Jamaican-born performer Staceyann Chin performs her stage memoir MotherStruck about her fears of pregnancy, her later desire for motherhood, and her difficulty in achieving it.

NPR describes Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s role producing Star Wars, her career trajectory, and the state of women in the movie business.

The band Pussy Riot plans to open a “women’s-only” museum in Montenegro.

Elle interviews artist and journalist Molly Crabapple about her first memoir, titled Drawing Blood.

Shows We Want to See

Yoko Ono asks visitors to collaborate in mending shattered ceramics and contemplate river rocks in Yoko Ono: The Riverbed—open at Galerie Lelong and Andrea Rosen Gallery. Hyperallergic explores Ono’s instruction pieces.

Marks Made: Prints by American Women Artists from the 1960s to the Present showcases works by pioneering artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Anni Albers.

Mickalene Thomas at Giverny re-imagines iconic works of art from 19th-century Europe through a combination of rhinestones and paint.

Art Fix Friday will be taking a break next week but will return with a new post about women and art making headlines on January 1, 2016. Happy Holidays!

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

Art Fix Friday: December 4, 2015

The significant number of works by women at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach has the art world buzzing.

Highlighting a handful of young artists at the main fair, The Wall Street Journal includes noteworthy Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s exhibit evoking a natural-history museum and Mexican artist Fritzia Irizar’s gold-threaded Phrygian hat.

The Frisky lists 15 works by women artists who exhibited at Art Basel, including Hannah Wilke, Helen Frankenthaler, Marina Abramović, and Kara Walker. The Observer also selects seven must-see booths, including works by Rosalyn Drexler, Louise Nevelson, Emily Sundblad, and Zilia Sánchez.

A showcase by collectors Don and Mera Rubell, No Man’s Land, presents work by more than 100 women artists. The Guardian writes, “The whole presentation works more than fine as an art world cross-section, and you really don’t miss the men.”

Front-Page Femmes

Three decades after her tragic death, Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta “seems to inspire, generally: devotion, even obsession.”

Hyperallergic explores the fluid, abstract works of Philadelphia-based painter Jan Baltzell.

Examining femininity and domesticity, Patty Carroll’s “Anonymous Women” photos depict textile-cloaked women blending into their environments.

Dickey Chapelle, the first American woman photojournalist killed in action, captured historical moments from Iwo Jima to the Vietnam War.

This year’s Pirelli calendar—famous for featuring sexualized, nude models—features women role models under the direction of photographer Annie Leibovitz.

B.A. Shapiro’s new novel, The Muralist, tells the fictional story of two Abstract Expressionist painters.

Slate writer Anne E. Fernald traces the links between Gertrude Stein and Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown.

Known for her pioneering work in Islamic feminism, Moroccan writer and sociologist Fatima Mernissi died Monday at the age of 75.

Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba discusses acting, smiling, and her ten-year ice skating career.

Critiquing Hollywood image and weight standards for actresses, Star Wars star Carrie Fisher says, “They don’t want to hire all of me—only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing.”

A new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company, written by Helen Edmunson, delves into Queen Anne’s relationship with the aristocrat Sarah Churchill.

Blank on Blank animates an interview with Nina Simone and European jazz singer Lillian Terry, which progresses from a discussion of pop culture to violence.

Shows We Want to See

Haunting panel scenes by married artists Iri and Toshi Maruki encapsulate the horrors they witnessed three days after the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima in 1945.

Hyperallergic reviews Mary Heilmann’s works, which combine “a do-it-yourself ethic with a vision of unconventional domesticity.”

A Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective in Grenoble, France includes O’Keeffe’s paintings alongside the works of her contemporaries. The Huffington Post explores the exhibition’s abstracted floral imagery and the artist’s success in “escaping the classic images of female sexuality.”

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