Guerrilla Girls, 1985-90
3% of the artist in the Modern Art section of the MET in NYC are women but 83% of the nudes are female
51% of visual artists today are women.
Only 28% of museum solo exhibitions spotlighted women in eight selected museums throughout the 2000s.1
“The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters.”—Georgia O’Keeffe2
Only 27 women are represented in current edition of H.W. Janson’s survey, History of Art—up from zero in the 1980s.
- From 16–19th centuries, women were barred from studying the nude model, which formed the basis for academic training and representation. 3
Though women earn half of the MFAs granted in the US, only a quarter of solo exhibitions in New York galleries feature women. 4
“This is so good you wouldn’t know it was done by a woman.”—artist-instructor Hans Hofmann’s “compliment” to Lee Krasner 2
Women lag behind men in directorships held at museums with budgets over $15 million, holding 24% of art museum director positions and earning 71¢ for every dollar earned by male directors. 5
Here’s What the Guerrilla Girls Have to Say
The Guerrilla Girls is a group of women artists and arts professionals who fight discrimination.
The group reframes the question:“Why haven’t there been more great women artists throughout Western history?” Instead, they ask: “Why haven’t more women been considered great artists throughout Western history?”
The Guerrilla Girls created the poster, Horror on the National Mall! (shown above), in honor of NMWA’s 20th Anniversary. The poster even highlights our living founder: “Ever wonder why Billie Holladay started the National Museum of Women in the Arts? Now you know!”
Check out some of the Guerrilla Girls’s facts:
- Less than 3% of the artists in the Modern Art section of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are women, but 83% of the nudes are female.