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1971 COVER: Perhaps the greatest picture ever painted by a woman is the portrait of Charlotte du Val d’Ognes, ca. 1800, long attributed to the great Neo-Classic master J.-L. David, now considered to be by Constance-Marie Charpentier, who had worked in David's studio. It was purchased in 1917 for $200,000 and bequeathed the same year to the Metropolitan Museum by Isaac Dudley Fletcher.

From 1971: Editorial: Is Women’s Lib Medieval?

The following, published in ARTnews in January 1971, is a companion editorial to Linda Nochlin’s “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” It is reproduced in connection with our coverage of Women in the Art World today.The vexing question … Read More

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A banner for Women's Lib could be Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith Beheading Holofernes, one of this Roman painter's favorite subject. This version dates ca. 1614–20, shortly after the scandal of her alleged promiscuous relations with her teacher. VIA WIKIPEDIA

From 1971: Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

Implications of the Women’s Lib movement for art history and for the contemporary art scene—or, silly questions deserve long answers; followed by eight replies Read More

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Women in the Art World: Editor’s Letter

“Well, first—that term, ‘women artists.’ I was talking to Joan Mitchell at a party about ten years ago when a man came up to us and said, ‘What do you women artists think…’ Joan grabbed my arm and said, ‘Elaine, … Read More

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Cara Despain’s 2014 poster for Micol Hebron’s Gallery Tally project representing the overall percentage of women artists represented in New York and L.A. galleries. COURTESY CARA DESPAIN FOR MICOL HEBRON’S GALLERY TALLY PROJECT

Women in the Art World: An Introduction

In the 45 years since Linda Nochlin provocatively asked in ARTnews, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” we have regularly revisited the question, wondering whether, as Nochlin argued, institutional power structures have made it “impossible for women to … Read More

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The Guerrilla Girls' 1986 “Report Card” along Pussy Galore's 2015 version.  ©1986 GUERRILLA GIRLS; ©2015 PUSSY GALORE

Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures, and Fixes

Despite encouraging signs of women’s improved status and visibility in the art world, there are still major systemic problems. Do not misunderstand me: women artists are in a far better position today than they were 45 years ago, when Linda … Read More

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Kathleen Gilje, Linda Nochlin in Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Begère, 2005. COLLECTION THE ARTIST/COURTESY THAMES & HUDSON INC.

Linda Nochlin on Feminism Then and Now

The following is a companion Q&A to Maura Reilly’s examination of the status of Women in the Art World, “Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures, and Fixes.” Our coverage begins with our Editor’s Letter.Maura Reilly: At what point in … Read More

Entrance to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.


Morning Links: #GuggOccupied Edition

Whitney curators talk about their decision to include 5 anti-lynching prints in the museum’s inaugural show, “America is Hard to See.” [SEEN]Linda Nochlin, author of ARTnews’s famous 1971 feature “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” will speak at … Read More


Retrospective: Design as the Folk Art of the ’90s

And other excerpts from our coverage 100, 75, 50, and 25 years ago Read More


Top Ten ARTnews Stories: Exposing the Hidden ‘He’

Linda Nochlin on why Picasso couldn’t have been born a girl. Read More


‘We’re Finally Infiltrating’

This year’s slate of major shows, books, and panels on feminist art reflects the rise of powerful female curators, art historians, and—notably—patrons, who are working to change art institutions from the inside. Read More


Where the Great Women Artists Are Now

Linda Nochlin on the many faces of contemporary feminist art. Read More


Why Have There Been No Great Women Comic-Book Artists?

With a dual-venue exhibition in Los Angeles, comics by masters such as Winsor McCay, Chris Ware, and Charles Schulz have been elevated from pop culture to fine art. But as these artists receive their due, the show has sparked debate over the rightful place of women in the comic canon. Read More

Cindy Sherman is a standout for most critics. Here she poses in Untitled Film Still #7, 1978, characteristically appropriating characters and narratives. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York

Who Are the Great Women Artists?

Thirty years ago, ARTnews published an essay arguing that social forces had impeded women artists from becoming as great as the male masters. We asked experts if the consensus has changed—and how. Read More