8 Pioneering Feminist Artists to Collect

Artsy Specialist
Jan 16, 2018 11:00am
From the 1960s to today, feminist artists have helped move art and culture forward by championing underrepresented women and protesting gender inequality.
Get started with these eight pioneers—and bring home a piece of art history, whether it’s a provocative poster by the Guerrilla Girls or an inspiring print by Jenny Holzer. To buy any of these works, simply click on the image and contact the gallery directly.

Guerrilla Girls

Over the past three decades, this all-female, mask-wearing collective has exposed the lack of diversity in the art world through data-driven posters, billboards, and exhibitions.

Zanele Muholi

Representing South Africa in the 55th Venice Biennale, Muholi has achieved worldwide acclaim for her arresting portraits of black lesbian and gay identity in the region.

Faith Ringgold

Ringgold is celebrated for her personal and poignant narrative quilts—as well as her groundbreaking demonstrations for the inclusion of black and female artists in museum exhibitions in the 1960s and ’70s.

Jenny Holzer

Holzer’s truisms, such as “Abuse of power comes as no surprise,” have gained new resonance this year, becoming the rallying cry for the art world’s #NotSurprised movement.

Judith Bernstein

Since her days in Yale’s MFA program during the 1960s, Bernstein has protested sexism and war through graffiti-inspired, sexually explicit paintings.

Karen Finley

Known for her fearless performances, Finley also exposes taboos around sexuality, violence, and celebrity through her painting practice.

Ghada Amer

Recently featured by multiple galleries at Art Basel in 2017, this radical Egyptian artist borrows erotic imagery from pornographic magazines and transforms them into bright embroidered canvases.

Judy Chicago

A leader of early feminist art, Chicago is best known for her multimedia installation The Dinner Party (1974-79), which presents a triangular table set for 39 historic women.