Just reading an article by Jonathan Jones over at the Guardian. He’s saying that Bridget Riley is Britain’s greatest living painter, not David Hockney or Frank Auerbach. I think Bridget Riley is a very good artist and she’s super famous worldwide, but I don’t know what JJ has been smoking! He thinks Riley isn’t currently wearing the greatest living British painter crown because she’s a woman. What a load of crap.
It’s an argument that has bothered me for years now as it keeps being recycled like there’s some validity to it. Life is tough, making a living from art is tough. If you suck at marketing or your art is weak, put a mirror in front of you because it’s not your gender holding you back. Learn from a 3 year old girl
Here’s some quotes from the article..
The exclusion of women from art was a holocaust of talent, a denial of half the human imagination.
A holocaust, really??
A deeply ingrained sense that genius is gendered makes it feel strange, almost, to me, to state the fact that Riley is greater than Hockney.
It should feel strange because it’s simply not true.
There is still a glass ceiling when it comes to recognition. Women are no longer prevented by a guild system from actually training as artists. But they are consistently denied the ultimate accolades of fame and respect.
Read the whole article here over at the Guardian. Also, I would put Jenny Saville and Cecily Brown ahead of Bridget Riley, but I do like my paintings painterly.