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Talena Sanders 
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Re: “Six North Carolina artists combine text and image, but where are the women?

ThisIsMe, talk about clunky logic and undercutting yourself. You really think the art world is fair and balanced for female artists? Your examples are specialty shows. Women, people of color, and those who would support these consistently underrepresented artists aren't allowed to point out that under representation because, look, we made special shows just for the ladies and the people of color! But the regular group and solo shows, now those we save for the white guys. But look, we've ghettoized you all in your own little corner, so sit there, shut up, and be happy. Don't dare complain. Curating is decision making, and too often curators decide to show the same names over and over and the same white dudes. The great art critic Jerry Saltz (NY magazine) reports every year on the vast under representation of women in NY's gallery shows, and his point is always this: let's give women the same opportunities to be just as mediocre as men. There is nothing inherently better about male artists as their work nor is there necessarily anything particularly superior about female artists. But let's level the playing field so every one has a chance to show their own pretensions. The show at NCMA has awesome local talent, but it's deeply disappointing that the curators couldn't think of one single woman that they thought deserving to show in that field of artists.

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Posted by Talena Sanders on 08/09/2012 at 11:56 AM

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