My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Not enough 'female' art...

You know, I am not making this up...
The head of Stockholm's Modern Museum has asked the government for 50 million kronor to buy more art - but only from female artists.

Lars Nittve says that due to "an historical mistake" female artists are under-represented in the museum's collection, and the imbalance must be put right.

Writing in Dagens Nyheter, Nittve criticised the museum's purchasing policy over the last 40 years, which has led to 90% of the works in the collection being by male artists.

"The big mistake they made was in the 1960s when they bought 36 fantastic paintings. They only bought paintings by male artists," said Nittve.

The older the art period, the worse the female representation.

In the Surreal collection there is not a single work by a female artist.

"When you look around here there's surely a female artist among the twenty or so painters who are presented in this room - but there really isn't," said Nittve.

Among the early modern avant garde works, only 15% of the painters are women, while 20% of the art from 1940-1970 was by women. Only after 1970 do things level out, with 45% of the works from the last 35 years produced by female artists.
Should they even be measuring stuff like this???


Blogger jw said...

There's a problem in their thinking. IF, as seems likely, the factors which make a great artist, composer, mathematician, etc. are skewed, then there are far fewer females who can be considered great artists.

There are probably more females than males who are competant artists. But museums buy from the best of the best. When looking at that group, you are looking at a mostly male group.

This is the Mozart factor at play. How many females have composed at or above Mozart's level? None. That in no way means that there cannot be one, just that the numbers are small.

Thinking about it from a biological determinist point of view it makes sense. It is more advantageous for males to take risks, it is more advantageous for females to be average.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous x2para said...

another typical male feminist gelding appologist

8:07 AM  

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