Page 62 – from – Jerry Saltz ‘Where the girls aren’t’ (2006) Village Voice, 19 Sept 2006
It’s a pernicious double bind: if only 24 percent of the shows are by women, how can 50 percent of the shows you preview, review, buy or sell be by women? Art historian Griselda Pollock has written about ‘women’s struggle for meaning’; whatever we call this struggle, it needs to be seen as a failure of the imagination that amounts to apartheid. We all have to feel threatened by the bias. We must see it as a moral emergency. Having mainly men show means that more than half the story is going untold. Whatever story women tell will be told in ways it never has before. If we don’t remove the taboo against women, the story could eventually die.
Page 64 – from – East London Fawcett ‘The great East London Art Audit’ (April 2012-April 2013)
134 Commercial galleries – 3163 artists – 31% represented are women
43 pieces of public art in E.London – 14% by females
386 pieces of public art in Westminster & the City – 8% by females
25% of artists on the Fourth Plinth
Frieze 2012 – 3441 artists across 135 commercial galleries – 27% were women