Does it surprise you that art is a male dominated field? I would love your opinions as to why you think that is. In the meantime, lets just see, shall we? Who is selling their work for the most bucks.
Cady Noland for one. She holds the record for the highest price paid for an artwork by a living woman. 6.6 million for her work titled Oozewald pictured above. This from Wikipedia: "Cady Noland (born 1956 in Washington, DC.) is a postmodern conceptual sculptor and an internationally exhibited installation artist, whose work deals with the failed promise of the American Dream and the divide between fame and anonymity, among other themes. Her work has been exhibited in museums and expositions including the Whitney Biennial in 1991 and Documenta in Kassel, Germany. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and is the daughter of the Color Field painter Kenneth Noland (1924-2010)."
Would you pay 6.6 million dollars for this much to think about? Hey. Just asking. I say good for Cady. Very good.
Next up. Marlene Dumas. Marlene's work The Teacher sold for 3.3 million. Here it is:
Here is Marlene's Wikipedia artists statement. Good piece of writing I might add. :)
Marlene Dumas (born 3 August 1953) is a South African born artist and painter who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the past Dumas produced paintings, collages, drawings, prints and installations. She now works mainly with oil on canvas and ink on paper. Stressing both the physical reality of the human body and its psychological value, Dumas tends to paint her subjects at the extreme fringes of life’s cycle, from birth to death, with a continual emphasis on classical modes of representation in Western art, such as the nude or the funerary portrait. By working within and also transgressing these traditional historical antecedents, Dumas uses the human figure as a means to critique contemporary ideas of racial, sexual, and social identity.
And tomorrow? I will let you know who 3, 4, and 5 are.
Til then -