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Feminist Art-is it any count ($) ?

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Thu, 19 Mar 1998 00:18:03 -0500 (EST)

Since this is March, I decided to go out on a limb and look for several
perspectives on feminist art (and how those of you teach this subject).
Here are some of the opinions that I have gathered:
1) Feminist art suffers because of quality - since it is not as good
(asthetically) as other art, it does not get as much recogition.
2) This type of work is very important because of the diversity that it
presents to the art world. Women are discriminated against every day, and
the current attitude towards feminist art is typical of this. The Dead
White European Male (DWEM) art fetches millions of dollars per piece,
while feminist art gets little in comparison.
3) Who cares what price feminist art fetches? It certainly is not worth
as much as DWEM art because the movement is only 20 or so years old.
Anyone who assumes that it is not worth as much because of gender is
seriously wrong if not arrogant. Besides, when creating work one should
not be concerned with "how much it will sell for." This defeates the
purpose in creating art to begin with.
4) This type of work is created for whiners by whiners. This type of work
is largely ignored because no one wants to pay to be preached at. Much of
feminist work that does sell can probably fetch a higher price than the
work of any random white male. Besides, how many DWEM artists really
command high prices? 100 or so? How many millions of artists are there?
1,000,000 or so?

At any rate, I would like to celebrate Women's History Month with any
knowledge (and especially any controversy) that any readers would like to