Reclaiming the Gaze


Exhibition Report Due
"I listen to feminists and all these radical gals - most of them are failures. They've blown it. Some of them have been married, but they married some Casper Milquetoast who asked permission to go to the bathroom. These women just need a man in the house. That's all they need. Most of the feminists need a man to tell them what time of day it is and to lead them home. And they blew it and they're mad at all men. Feminists hate men. They're sexist. They hate men - that's their problem." 
- Reverend Jerry Falwell

Barbara Kruger .Thinking of You. 1999.



The three most valuable works of art to date:
sold by George Embiricos to the State of Qatar in 2011 by private sale
for $259 to $300 million
sold by Staechelin family to the State of Qatar (possibly) in 2015 by private sale for suspected $300 million
sold by David Geffin to Kenneth Griffin in 2015 by private sale for suspected $300 million
Paul Cezanne, The Card Players, 1892 - 1893.
Paul Gaugin, When Will You Marry? 1892.
Willem De Kooning, Interchange, 1955.



Maman 2
A smaller version of Maman was bought in 2006 for $4 million, another in 2008 for $4.5 million, and a third for $10.7 million. In 2015 a version was sold for $28,165,000.
Nonetheless, work by women artists remains quite inexpensive when compared to that of male artists.
In a 2015 Art Sy study on the value of works bought at auction, only two women artist's names appear on the list of 100 most expensive works of art!!
Louise Bourgeois, Maman at National Gallery of Canada, 2005.


Georgia O'Keeffe, Jimson Weed/ White Flower No. 1, 1932 sold in 2014 for $44,405,000.




Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1960
sold in 2014 for $11,925,000




Berthe Morisot, Après le déjeuner, 1881 sold in 2013 for $10,933,245




Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, Les Fleurs, 1912 sold in 2008 for $10,860,833




Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1996
sold in 2011 for $10,722,500




Cady Noland, Bluewald, 1989 sold for $9.8 million




Tamara de Lempicka, Le rêve (Rafaëla sur fond vert), 1927 sold in 2011 for $8,482,500




Camille Claudel, The Waltz, 1892
sold in 2013 for $8,018,941




Yayoi Kusama, White No. 28, 1960 sold in 2014, for $7,109,000



Barbara Hepworth, Figure for Landscape, 1960 sold in 2014 for $7,083,050



More than half of the artists in the 2010
Whitney Biennial
were women


However, only 38 of 118 artists in the 2014 Whitney Biennial were women - just 32%
Only 9 of the 118 artists were black - 7% counting Donnelle Woolford!
20% of US Gallery shows are solo exhibitions of women artists
About 28% of published artist's monographs are about women artists
Art museums still present only an average of 15% women in curated exhibits, and a mere 4% of museum acquisitions are works by women artist - Guerrilla Girls
Marilyn Minter, Stepping Up, 2005.