Next, our discussion turns to the benefits and pitfalls that come with labeling artists. From “outsider” to “feminist,” we discuss the range of labels applied to artists, jumping off from a discussion highlighted in our recent article
looking at the relationship between Sherman and the feminist movement. Are labels applied to artists and their practices helpful to discussion, or a hindrance? What do labels tell us about the history of art? Is there a productive way to use them, or are they always doomed to reduce an artist’s practice to one single word?
This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes, Senior Editor Tess Thackara, and Editorial Associate Abigail Cain. It was produced by Joe Sykes.
Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free
Cover image: Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1981. Image courtesy of Metro Pictures.