This Week: Are Auctions Catching Up?

Expectations are exceeded in two recent auctions showing increased interest in work by female artists

Artemisia Gentileschi,  Lucretia , oil on canvas (Copyright: Dorotheum)

Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucretia, oil on canvas (Copyright: Dorotheum)

Artemisia Gentileschi Gets Her Due - A painting from Italian Baroque artist fetched over $2 million at Dorotheum's auction in Vienna on October 23, 2018. Gentileschi’s paintings are a tour de force, often depicting strong women from mythology and religion such as Susanna and Judith. Her work is especially powerful today in the #MeToo era, as Gentileschi experienced her own trauma. While her teacher, artist Agostino Tassi raped the young Artemisia. She then had to endure a humiliating trial complete with public medical examinations. In a victory for Gentileschi, Tassi was subsequently exiled. (Artnet)

Jenny Saville Smashes Records - Her work, Propped, sold for $12.4 million making her the most expensive living female artist. *Props* to Saville from us at Collective 131.

Interestingly (and not at all surprisingly), Saville's, and all women artists' time to shine was upstaged... by a male artist's stunt moments later. (The New York Times)

Cassandra Fiorenza