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The 15 women she photographed are all part of her new photo book, Female. View some of the photos in this article.
The Photojournalist Showing Transgender Women As They Are
An in depth look at author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who wrote well known fiction Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. The New Yorker article goes into detail on her early work, her writing habits, her mentoring programs, and how she copes with her global fame. It's always interesting to learn how artists practice their craft.
It's also interesting to learn that as her reach grew, so did her aversion to talking about her work and her belief in the strength of her words. "The more she wrote, the less sure she became. Each post scraped off yet one more scale of self until she felt naked and false."
There is an hour long audio version if listening is a preferred method of learning more about this Nigerian-born artist.
After you've had a chance to read or listen to the article, join our Facebook group for a discussion on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and how her success has impacted her life.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame
She is a poet, teacher and now the woman responsible for finding poetry to share with readers every week. Poems must have been published recently and Dove hopes that her choices will draw people into a love of poetry whether they have any previous experience with reading and enjoying this type of literature.
Read more about Rita Dove, her work and her one-year role with the New York Times Magazine in this article.
NYT Magazine's Rita Dove on what poetry might grant unsuspecting news readers
During her lifetime, her work was often overshadowed by the male artists around her. But now her work is being shown to highlight her own talent as an artist aside from any male influences.
Read more about the "child-artist" as many called her and her female-centric art in this article.
The Algerian Teenager Who Painted a World of Liberated Women in 1940s Paris
To learn more about the book, check out this article. When you've read the article, why not head over to our Facebook group and join the discussion about Carmen Maria Machado's opinion on the difficulties women continue to face.
The Author Writing Fairy Tales About the Horrors of Womanhood
If you've got a few minutes, listen to this podcast to learn more about the artist, the program she started, the women enrolled in the class and how it helped to create now-iconic installation Womanhouse at CalArts.
The Artsy Podcast, No. 67: How Judy Chicago Pioneered the First Feminist Art Program
For instance, she was the first woman to be awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography, although she decided not to finish the 12 month commitment, instead going to capture images of the Japanese-American Internment Camps for the U.S. Office of War Information. And for some reason, her work wasn't archived or maintained and some nearly ended up in the garbage!
Read more about Dorothea Lange, her life, and her work, in this article.
6 Things You Didn't Know About Dorothea Lange
This article highlights a trip to Oahu, Hawaii that Dole paid for in exchange for two paintings that they would use in their advertising. It looks at the artistic freedom that Dole gave O'Keeffe and the life circumstances that may have led her to accept the commission.
Her trip is also now being highlighted in this exhibition.
When Georgia O'Keeffe Went to Hawaii to Paint Pineapples.
NYGB - About the Exhibition
This article addresses many incidents over the past year or so in which a female artist wasn't credited in the media for the work that was being discussed. Whether it be a sculptor, a writer, or a film maker, the women in the article have all had to deal with requesting that coverage of their art be changed to correctly identify the creator.
Have you had to deal with an issue such as this? Head over to our Facebook Group to share your experiences and your thoughts on this issue.
Newspaper Refuses To Give An Artist Credit For Her Work
To counter this issue, Miranda Bailey created Cherry Picks, a review site with all-female critics who write about film, theater, music and video games. Read more about the site and why it was created in this article.
The Woman Who Created a Rotten Tomatoes With All-Female Critics
But one art gallery in Chelsea has changed that. The gallery only features work by artists over the age of 60. They are helping to break the barriers that ageism has created.
As well as showing work by older artists, they also help their clients get up to speed with technology, helping them with websites and Instagram to ensure they aren't left behind in our digital age.
Read the New York Times article here then jump over to our Facebook group and share your thoughts on a gallery that only shows art by people over the age of 60.
At a Chelsea Art Gallery, an Age Requirement: Over 60 Only
This article looks at weaving, needlepoint and other traditional activities, their history and how these art forms were used to segregate women, but then sometimes used as a way to fight back. It's interesting to consider how these activities are mentioned as far back as Homer's epics and how little things have changed in some ways, how great the difference in other ways.
From Penelope to Pussyhats, The Ancient Origins of Feminist Craftivism
From South Africa, to Angola, to England, the photos capture the spirit of people in their country of origin and the country in which they now call home.
6 Female Photographers Challenging Misconceptions of the African Continent and its Diaspora
There is some interest happening in the work that was ignored in earlier decades and this article takes a look at how the interest came to be and what that means for artists.
After you've had a look at the article, head over to our Facebook Group to share your thoughts on if "sex sells" in the art world and what that means for women artists.
Does Sex Sell When the Work is Made By Women? Explicit Feminist Art Tests the Waters at Frieze.
A Graphic Novel Considers How to Raise a Feminist
Have a look at the article and then head over to our Facebook Group to share your stories of work inspired by the #MeToo movement or what the movement means to you.
The #MeToo Movement: Art Inspired by the Reckoning
In this article, she shares how she ended up making pottery for a living and the trials and errors she took to get to the successful spot she is in now. With her own studio and sales to some well known designers, she is always busy. She also talks about how she manages the business and the busy life she leads.
How Ceramicist Helen Levi Turned Her Passion for Pottery Into a Living
Her videos are now on display so that American viewers can see what she's been sharing. Read more about what Mina Cheon has been doing and her reasons for the complicated task in this article.
Mina Cheon is Sending Contemporary Art Lessons Into North Korea
But now, this piece is on display for the public. Learn more about the history of this painting and where it can be viewed in this article.
An Exhibition About Revolution that Keeps Faith with Ringgold
Read more about her work and the publication that she created in this article.
Have you found a different way to use your art to bring about a whole different message? Head over to our Facebook group to share your comments.
"Boys by Girls" is Using the Female Gaze to Redefine Modern Masculinity
This article goes into detail on what those images look like and what they mean for both the women who are shining a light on the issues and the public who are viewing the images.
How Photographers Created the Images that will Define the Me Too Era
Read what she has to say about the topic in this article, then hop over to our Facebook group to join the conversation about the issues with artist stereotypes.
Brands "ask for you because you're a woman and not dead" says Cecilie Manz
In this article, five women who are involved in the publishing world as publishers, editors or writers, discuss the reasons for this upswing and what it means for marginalized writers.
5 Women in Publishing Talk About Why Books About Race and Gender Are So Popular
She was born and raised in Japan and came to the U.S. as a young artist to continue her work. After a difficult time dealing with mental illness and discrimination, she returned to Japan. She continued her work and found success, all while receiving treatment, using her art as therapy, and living in a mental institution.
Read more about the documentary and the life of Kusama in this article.
A Yayoi Kusama Documentary Tracks a Life in Polka Dots
Have you had experiences with censorship on any social media platform? Jump over to our Facebook Group and join the conversation on the topic.
I'm a Queer, Feminist Artist. Why Are My Paintings Censored on Social Media?
"Today, Judy Blume’s books still influence young women—a testament both to their timelessness and the rarity of honest stories about young women’s changing bodies."
Read the full article on Judy Blume's positive influence on young women in this article.
Judy Blume Taught a Generation of Young Girls to be Feminists
For the last 4 years, has been traveling the world to experience beauty and capture it through photography.
Her work has been recently published in a 500-page book of photographs. Each picture celebrates women of a multitude of ethnicities, religions and cultures in different settings going about their daily lives.
Learn more about Noroc's work and view some of her photos from 'The Atlas of Beauty' in this article or look her up on Instagram and Facebook.
'The Atlas of Beauty': Portraits of Women Around the World
How do you feel when you finish a project? Hop over to our Facebook Group and share your thoughts.
How a Book Was Born
This article highlights the first-ever show of women sign painters showcasing work from over 60 artists from 9 countries around the world. Much of the art asserts women’s rights and female power. Some address political issues, while others simply celebrate specific products.
Read more about the exhibition and see some of the signs on display in this article.
This Way to the First-Ever Show of Women Sign Painters
This article highlights some of these shows and some of the female showrunners who are making that change happen.
It also talks about Hollywood's Woolf Pack; a group of women who have made a name for themselves in movies and television who support each other in their work.
The Rise of the Female Showrunner and Hollywood's Woolf Pack
This article outlines six tips to help artists speak about their work. From being prepared and knowing your audience to steering clear of too much description, professionals in various roles in the art world have given advice that will help artists find the words to use when speaking about their own work.
Do you have other advice on this topic? Jump over to our Facebook group and join the discussion.
Six Tips For Artists to Talk About Their Work
These Women Were Missing From Your Art History Books
This cartoon illustrates one way that some find inspiration; using social media to follow other artists.
Do you find inspiration in other artists? Do you follow artists on social media? Visit our Facebook Group to add to the discussion on artists inspiring artists.
Artists Inspiring Artists
They looked at the under representation of women in the arts and then wanted to take a step further to break down the numbers surrounding women of color within the arts. There have been very few studies on the issue, as the museum found very quickly. What they did find is disheartening, but it means we need to continue to promote the work of women artists of all races and support each other in any way we can.
Read the breakdown of the statistics in this article.
What the Data Tells Us About the Challenges Facing Female Artists of Color
Erin Currier uses art to lift up her heroes and show the world the issues at hand. She blends acrylic paint with recycled materials to draw those she admires for their humanitarian work and aims to bring people together.
Read more about Erin, the 50 countries she’s visited and the people she features in her work in this article.
The Art of Justice
“Great artists don’t just happen, any more than writers, or singers, or other creators,” wrote Georgia O'Keefe. “They have to be trained, and in the hard school of experience.”
But what lessons did O'Keeffe have to teach us about being an artist? Although she didn't formally put down her opinions on the subject in an article or book, through her correspondence and multitude of interviews, we can learn a lot about the lessons she lived through and might have taught others had the opportunity arose.
What do you think of the lessons the author of this article gleaned from the life of Georgia O'Keeffe? Visit our Facebook Group to join the discussion.
How to be an artist, according to Georgia O'Keeffe
Written by women, each addresses a different area of the tech industry, some with humor and satire, others with deadly seriousness.
The novels look at the differences between the way men and women are treated in life and in this industry and asks readers to consider how life could be different.
These five women authors were chosen by previous National Book finalists and honorees of the 5 under 35 lists which makes it a great honor to be selected.
The list includes fiction, novels and short stories. If you're looking for a new author or a book to pick up, have a look at this article.
National Book Association's New 5 Under 35 Honorees are Writers to Watch
Last month, Sotheby's auctioned off 89 works of art under the title "Erotic: Passion & Desire". Only three of the 58 artists were women, although a much larger percentage of the subject matter was female based.
Sotheby's described the auction; "Pre-Columbian sculpture will be paired with Picasso works on paper; masters of photography from Man Ray to Mapplethorpe will be set off against 19th-century marbles and antique reliefs; in turn creating juxtapositions that will enliven and deepen collectors' understanding of the subject matter."
In this article, the author examines the difference between porn and "erotic art" and the influence of gender politics on how this art form is treated.
What do you think of the article and the author's perspective? Head over to our Facebook group to join in the discussion.
We need to talk about erotic art
After years of collecting the plastic items, the bags started piling up and still she couldn’t part with the pieces. So, she decided to create art out of it instead of trashing it.
Her large mural is currently hanging in Toronto General Hospital.
Read more about the nurse and her art in this article.
Michelle Rich is a long time archaeologist who has recently curated an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In this article, she describes her training, past experience and her journey into the world of art.
Though many wouldn’t expect it, Michelle also describes how art is a fundamental part of archaeology. Curating exhibits wasn’t a far cry from what she had been doing for many years in her original field of work.
For International Women’s Day, a pop up bookshop in London will sell books by more than 200 female authors. The shop will “celebrate the persistence of women who’ve fought for change: those who fight, rebel and shout #LikeAWoman”, according to Penguin.
A series of literary events will also be held during the time the shop is open to promote the work of women and the impact their work has on our culture.
Like a Woman Bookshop to Sell Female Authors Only
The three generations of artist work independently but have recently had a show together in New York. The themes of motherhood and adversity run through all the works in the show.
Read more about the three women and the history of Inuit art in the contemporary art scene in this article.
This article looks at one such artist who works behind the scene to create the art used on the popular Netflix show Grace and Frankie. In the show, the fictional Frankie is an artist creating works with a quasi-German Expressionist theme. Chicago artist Nancy Rosen is the creator of the work that Frankie shows as her own.
Read more about Rosen’s work and how it feels to have your work claimed by a fictional character yet seen by millions around the world.
What it’s like to have your art exhibited to millions – on Netflix
When the upcoming Doctor Who movie was previewed with a female in the role of Doctor Who, some people were a little taken aback, but a wild cheer went up among many.
This Huffington Post article addresses our general need to see ourselves reflected in movies, television shows and books.
‘Doctor Who’ and the Sheer Power of Women-Led Sci-Fi Franchises
This article highlights an online service that helps to connect those able to mentor, with those looking for help, for a fee.
Do you have a mentor or did you earlier in your career? What do you think of paying for a mentor? Hop over to our Facebook group to join the conversation.
A New Way for Artists, Writers, and Creatives to Find Mentors
In this article, the author interviews Tania about her art, her activism, the issue of free speech in Cuba, and the arrests she has endured for her artivism.
In the Studio: Tania Bruguera
While there are some interesting caveats in the study in how the research was conducted, the numbers show that some serious work needs to be done to increase diversity and equality in the arts.
Read more about the study in this article.