What? Overlooked women artists again?
Yes, again. It’s Gender Oppression week here at Exiled Stardust. Though Gender Oppression is every week for anyone unlucky enough not to be a born member of the dominant gender.
|When you hear the term “Old Master,” you think of men: as if women of long ago didn’t paint and sculpt, as if making art was a guy thing. To evoke women of centuries past is to picture them self-contained as eggs, with tight faces drained of color under sternly coiffed hair. It’s not your fault. Historians put that picture into your mind. In his treatise Women and Art, Karl Scheffler said, “In an Amazonian state, there would be neither culture, history nor art.”|
This quote is from a refreshing and brilliant article by Joan Atalbe in Gadfly Online about the way women artists have been treated. Do read it.
Georgia O’Keeffe was incensed that people thought her flower paintings were code for lady parts. But that didn’t stop everyone else from insisting they were. Women just aren’t believed, even when a woman artist talks about her own art.
A woman artist, with a lifelong non-revocable membership in the sex class, can’t make anything that isn’t really about her lady parts – because they are the only thing about her that matters! So of course it’s the only thing her paintings could be about.
No one’s ever dismissed a man’s life work as being “all about the dick”. Even though it would be justified in so many cases.