Art History sexism (ctd.)

May 14 2018

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Regular readers will know that AHN takes a dim view of the 'stick a young woman in front of a painting' thing. Usually, auction houses are the worst culprits. On Artnet News, Julia Halperin and Ben Davis look at the phenomena, which shows no sign of abating:

[...] the really, really notable cliche of the “auction preview” genre is “women standing awkwardly near art for scale.” It’s seriously weird, and it is undying. There are a lot of questions that this genre invites: Can the women positioned at these angles actually see what they are looking at? Why in god’s name would a photographer ever ask one to sit down? Has there been a rapture just before each photo was taken that sucked up anyone who is not thin, white, and between the ages of 23 and 33?

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