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According to Artfinder, women not only make up 52% of artists in their marketplace, but their work sells rapidly, and for a greater total value. Women at Artfinder, which represents 9,000 artists and 300,00 pieces of art, sell 40% more art and 16% faster than men do.
However, despite the unremitting success of female artists, only 1 of the top 100 lots sold at auctions in 2015 was created by a woman, and none of the top ten riches living artists are women. Artfinder's data shows that art by women is continually undervalued, and underrepresented in the high-end art world.
These two contradicting, and unfair facts, led Artfinder to start the Standup to #ArtWorldSexism campaign. They believe one of the primary problems is a lack of data, and that in order to solve the problem, a serious discussion needs to take place.
Starting on March 8th, International Women's Day, they're asking every major art institution, museum and gallery in the UK and the US to share and publish their own data and responses.
Individuals can also take part by going to their local museums and institutions, counting how many pieces are by men versus women, and posting the results on social media using the hashtag #ArtWorldSexism.
Artfinder's hope is that this information will create a greater awareness for gender inequality in the art world, and spark discussion and debate.