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: October 9, 2015

Design label Max Mara works with London’s Whitechapel Gallery to give women artists a shot at having their own solo exhibitions. The Max Mara Art Prize for Women enables one artist to have a six-month residency in Italy followed by a major solo exhibition.

Meet the shortlisted artists:

  • Ana Genovés recreates overlooked objects and spaces through architectural installations.
  • To examine landscapes, Tania Kovats creates large-scale installations and time-based works.
  • Emma Hart uses ceramics, video, and photography to explore misrepresentation.
  • Using a range of materials, Phoebe Unwin paints from memory rather than photo references.
  • Ruth Ewan works with archaeologists and horticulturalists to explore radical histories.

Front-Page Femmes

ARTnews gets a sneak-peak into Joan Semmel’s SoHo studio.

Moroccan-born Lalla A. Essaydi combines Islamic calligraphy with representations of the female body.

Evelyn Dunbar, the only woman hired as an Official British War Artist in World War II, gets a retrospective of over 500 paintings and sketches.

The New-York Historical Society plans to open a Center for the Study of Women’s History—spurred by the discovery that some of their collection’s Tiffany lamps were actually made by women.

Juxtapoz shares doll illustrations by Mexican-born artist Hilda Palafox.

Pakistani-born artist Shahzia Sikander’s training in centuries-old Islamic art miniatures influences her hypnotic video installations.

In Central Park, Yoko Ono gathers thousands of people to create a peace sign in memory of John Lennon.

Olga Hirshhorn, collector and widow of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s founder, died at age 95.

ArtInfo asks Ishiuchi Miyako about her solo exhibition and how she broke up the boys’ club of Japan’s postwar photography.

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich wins the 2015 Nobel prize in literature for her compilation works exploring history through the emotions of her interviewees.

Rock ‘n’ Roll maven Peggy Jones, also known as “Lady Bo,” died at age 75.

Belgian director Chantal Akerman, known for her introspective feminist films, died at the age of 65.

Marketing efforts for the upcoming film Suffragette receive backlash.

Slate suggests headlining women superheroes for future Marvel movies.

Hawaiian actress Auli’I Cravalho is cast as the voice of Disney’s Moana.

Shows We Want to See

Asia Society Texas Center features mixed-media works by Seoul-based artist Yeesookyung. Known for her “Translated Vase” series, the artist reassembles broken shards to create biomorphic sculptures.

The Grand Palais retrospective of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun includes a 49-foot-high mirror diffusing a rose-scented fragrance—a reference to the painter’s patron, Marie Antoinette.

Jacqueline Humphries’s “black light” paintings—works that glow with phosphorescent paint—will be on view at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

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

Art Fix Friday: September 4, 2015

The Huffington Post examines the last ten years of auction sales to determine the top ten most expensive works by women artists.

The 2014 sale of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson weed/White flower no. 1 (1932) for $44 million leads the list, followed by a painting by Joan Mitchell for $12 million. Mitchell, however, ranks first in value, with 407 lots sold at a total value of $286,117,725.

Front-Page Femmes

Lego designs a Yoko Ono figurine in honor of the artist’s MoMA retrospective.

Natasha Kroupensky and Aline Herrera are two of the young artists behind the Mexico City art collective Tlatoa.

Bay area-based photographer Molly Matalon explores relationships and femininity in her work.

Juxtapoz praises the work of Tokyo-based photographer Monika Mogi.

ARTnews follows New York-based poet, artist, model, and DJ Juliana Huxtable. In her work, Huxtable explores identity, race, gender, and queerness as mediums to explore post-identity politics.

Ceramic sculptures by South Korean artist Haejin Lee appear to unravel.

Artist Nitzan Kish uses a 3D printer to create modular self-defense outfits for women.

NPR examines Linda Hirshman’s joint biography of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Slate reviews the state of music’s hot 100 list, “women not only don’t dominate the pop charts, but occupy a smaller share than they have since the early ’80s.”

Danish musician Amalie Bruun is the woman behind the black metal project Myrkur.

While many music festivals fail to book enough woman-fronted bands, Burger A Go Go hosts an all-girl lineup.

The gender ratio in Bollywood is 6.2 men to every one woman—worse than the average of 3.9 men to every 1 woman in popular films across 11 countries.

Women discuss gender equality in animation following a popular Buzzfeed article on the subject.

Shows We Want to See

The Galerie Jaeger Bucher in Paris hosts Evi Keller: Matière-Lumière, featuring a projection room with the artist’s audiovisual work, photographic prints, and installations.

The Denver Art Museum will have a major exhibition of women Abstract Expressionists in summer 2016.

Before moving to Milwaukee, Michelle Grabner’s Oak Park garage gallery, The Temporary Suburban, is on view in Indianapolis.

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