My new book (forthcoming) Women Can’t Paint is a provocative exposé of art’s gendered values. It cuts speculation and evidences that there are few aesthetic differences in men’s and women’s painting, yet museums ignore women’s work and their art is worth up to 80 per cent less than men’s. The brand of masculinity is so powerful that when work is signed by a male artist it goes up in value, yet work signed by a female artist goes down in value. This groundbreaking study challenges established methodologies and theories: in the aftermath of ‘Me Too’, it’s time for the artworld to sit up and take note.
Women Can’t Paint: Gender, the Glass Ceiling and Values in Contemporary Art, by Helen Gorrill – published by I.B. Tauris, September 2018.