Twenty-three years ago, a group of women artists organized a show championing sexually explicit art from a female perspective. This month, the exhibition has been revived at Maccarone in New York, featuring influential artists like Louise Bourgeois, Alice Neel, and Marilyn Minter. In this episode, we discuss what—if anything—has changed for female artists in the two-plus decades since these works first went on view. With the number of all-female group shows reaching a fever pitch this year, we ask: Are these exhibitions helping to redefine the art-historical canon? And do phrases like “pioneering” and “before her time” actually end up relegating female artists to the sidelines?
Then, we turn to the fashion industry’s plagiarism problem. Multi-billion-dollar corporations like Zara and Forever 21 have increasingly been accused by artists of using their work on articles of clothing, accessories, and in ad campaigns without permission. We’ll explain why this phenomenon is particularly prevalent in a certain sector of the fashion industry, and how social media can help artists as much as it can hurt them. And in a wider art-world context, how do we distinguish between appropriation and actual copyright infringement?
This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Senior Editor Tess Thackara and Galleries Editor Casey Lesser. It was produced by Joe Sykes with assistance from Editorial Associate Abigail Cain.
Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free
Cover image: Kim Schoenstadt, Now Be Here, Los Angeles, 2016. Photo: Isabel Avila and Carrie Yury. Courtesy of Kim Schoenstadt and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.