Saturday, October 28, 2017
37 The Bro-gallery
37 The Bro-gallery (Tomboy Artist part 3)
What do you call a gallery that exhibits fewer than, say, 20-30% female artists? Yes, a Bro-gallery!
Today the artists a gallery represents are typically 70-80% male, sometimes more. What if we flipped it and now that percentage of a gallery's artists are female. With that one flipped fact-the whole ballgame looks different. What if 80% of our House of Representatives and Senate were female? Who could possibly miss all those media shots of clumps of dumpy jowly men in gray suits with their big fun (ha ha) yellow or red striped ties! Speaking for myself-what a relief to never see one of those photos again. And on and on it goes.
Why do we assume that the male domination of the art world is simply the way it should be? Are men more clever, talented, intelligent than women? That certainly hasn't been my experience. In the art world, to be male is akin to walking into an SAT test with an automatic 500 points in your pocket before the test is even taken.
To all you Bro-gallerists out there-why not take a cold hard look at your assumptions about male and female artists? Don't be afraid to change. You may find that an awakening would be quite refreshing. For everyone.