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Female Surrealist finally hangs in MoMA alongside male colleagues

Bias against female artists runs on, even seeping into an abbreviated bio of Surrealist Leonora Carrington. She’s in the news this week because MoMA hung one of her paintings in its Surrealist gallery. The lowdown Squeezed into her condensed life story Artsy.net managed to add that she was the “one-time romantic companion and muse of the Surrealist Max Ernst.” Of course, she was more than a source of inspiration to another artist. Art News makes clear that Carrington was so intent on her own artmaking that she kept at it until her last day in 2011 at age 94, despite suffering Alzheimer’s. Weak link Linking female painters to the male painters they lived with is an old art writing habit. You see it routinely in stories about, say, Lee Krasner (Jackson Pollock’s wife) and Francois Gilot (who lived with Picasso). Whatever famous artist a female painter slept with gets a mention. This even occurs when sex is not consensual. I’m thinking of latter-day reviews of paintings by Artemesia Gentileschi that invariably come with stories of being raped by her art teacher Agostino Tassi. Ancient times It wasn’t always like this. The ancient Roman historian Pliny the Elder named several women artists of his time, including Timarete, Eirene, Kalypso, and Olympias without naming men in their lives, although no one mentions these artists anymore. Carrington raised the issue of sexism herself in an interview with The Guardian in 2007. She said that Miró once handed her a few coins and told her to go buy him a pack of cigarettes. “I gave it back and said if he wanted cigarettes, he could bloody well get them himself. I wasn’t daunted by any of them.”...Read more


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