Study shows women perform 50% lower at art auctions

Forty years of data reveal a significant price gap between the results achieved for male and female artists across global art auctions, a UTS study claims.
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Gender inequality in the visual arts has long been highlighted through the work of groups such as the USA’s Guerrilla Girls – founded in 1985 with the mission of highlighting the lack of women’s representation in the art world.

In Australia, artist Elvis Richardson has also led the charge, via the gender watchdog blog, CoUNTess: Women count in the art-world, which she founded in 2008. It has had a strong impact on local trends in galleries and art museums, however the secondary market is still significantly unbalanced. 

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina