During the last decade, we have witnessed an increase in the visibility of women artists. The projects planned to support women artists in 2020 point out that their visibility in the art world will increase much more.
We say, 2020 will be the year of women artists because we are seeing that the awareness began to demonstrate itself in the past years. Especially during the last two years, we have seen the extensive exhibitions focusing on women artists held at the most visited museums, the artists’ whose names we have not heard rare before, but were one of the most important figures of their times, have been pulled out from the art history. And thanks to articles published by art historians, interviews, written texts by the art critics, and new books that recently published on women artists, we started to visit many more women artists’ exhibitions, to hear more and to discover more about women artists. We had the opportunity to discover the women artists we have never heard of before with the book titled “Great Women Artists” published by Phaidon, which we announced at the art50.net in the past months.
In 2020, we will continue to see efforts for women artists to permeate with a different sensitivity compared to previous years. This article draws attention and brings together comprehensive projects and exhibitions that will be organized for the women artists in the world and Turkey.
Baltimore Art Museum will collect only women artists in 2020…
The Baltimore Museum of Art will only add the works by women artists to its collection this year. One of the most important reasons for the museum’s decision is that only 3,800 of the 95,000 works in the museum collection are produced by female artists. The museum decided to change its overall attitude and plans for future purchases to equalize this unbalance. Also, only female artist exhibitions will be seen at the museum in 2020. As the museum’s exhibition program suggests; Ellen Lesperance, Shan Wallace, Valerie Maynard, Ana Mendieta, and Zackary Drucker will be on view.
Collaboration of Museums and Art Institutions; Feminist Women’s Coalition
In the last months of 2019, the Berkeley Art Museum curator Aspara DiQuinzio launched the Feminist Women’s Coalition. The coalition in America, including more than fifty museums and institutions in Us., including Art21, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Miami Perez Art Museum and the Minnesota Walker Art Museum, will organize exhibitions, speeches, film screenings, and panels on women artists, during fall 2020, under the title of ‘feminism’.
Tate Museum will host four women artists with an extensive exhibitions in Spring 2020…
The Tate Museum will feature extensive solo exhibitions of four women artists from different countries in Spring 2020. Video installations by Candice Breitz on refugees; distinctive and intimate photographs by South African activist artist Zanele Muholi; Korean installation artist Haegue Yang and British painter Lynette-Yiadom-Boakye’s exhibitions will be seen at the Tate.
Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum has opened its first exhibition with the retrospective of renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic.
Marina Abramovic is one of the well-known figures in performance art. The exhibition titles as the Flux is the first comprehensive exhibition opened in Turkey so far. Abramovic’s works are representing to the audience with video and photo documentation. Besides, the performances by the artists accepted to the project with an open call opened in August last year, is also be able to be experienced during the exhibition. Abramovic Method, which is considered as the masterpiece of the artist and based on her years of research, is also at the exhibition and it is one of the most interesting and most spoken experiments for the visitors. With this method, viewers are invited to connect within themselves, they conduct discovery on being able to be at that time and that place with a focus on movement, immobility, and concentration.
Arter will host two prominent Turkish women artists from different generations…
Arter’s exhibition program is announced recently and two women artists from different generations and different disciplines will be on view. Solo exhibitions of Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye and Nevin Aladağ are worth to see.
Nevin Aladağ’s Traces exhibition will be focusing on the relationship between the cultures, traditions, and geographies will be explored in a humorous language and will be opened on 12 March. With the three-channel video installation, a portrait of Stuggart city, where the artist spent his childhood and youth, is drawn by transforming the urban and natural elements into music performers.
Turkey’s leading female ceramic artist Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye’s exhibition will be opening on September 10. The talented and renowned artist who has a master in turning the pots, the oldest known form in history, into contemporary art objects, will present the audience a beautiful, harmonious and balanced varieties of objects that communicate with each other in terms of their colors, shapes, and sizes.
Art50.net in 2020…
As the art50.net family, one of the goals that we would like to achieve this year will be to support the projects on the awareness of women artists. In this context, we will continue our contents and collective exhibitions on the concepts of “unity, togetherness and solidarity” that will include female artist exhibitions on our online art platform. We will be announcing detailed information about our female artist exhibition project, which we plan to open in March.
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Cover Photo: Lorna Simpson, She, 1992. Jack & Sandra Guthman Collection, Şikago. Photo: pamm.org