People are always asking why Amy & I started WIPNYC, I will let the eminent (hence why we need new voices in the art world) art critic Brain Sewell explain for me. From an article in yesterday’s Independent entitled “There has never been a great women artist.”

But the art critic Brian Sewell pointed out that, historically, women have done better in the art world than elsewhere. Throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, women artists were praised by male contemporaries. The likes of Artemisia Gentileschi, born in 1593, and her contemporary Fede Galizia were considered great painters of their day.

“The art market is not sexist,” Mr Sewell said. “The likes of Bridget Riley and Louise Bourgeois are of the second and third rank. There has never been a first-rank woman artist.

“Only men are capable of aesthetic greatness. Women make up 50 per cent or more of classes at art school. Yet they fade away in their late 20s or 30s. Maybe it’s something to do with bearing children.”

I feel sorry for Mr. Sewell’s poor pup, if only they knew what kind of master they had…

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