The State of the Art World According to Art Basel

Despite there being nearly 300 art fairs globally, none come close to the prestige and forecasting power of Art Basel, currently in the midst of its 50th edition. The fair offers an opportunity to catch developments in the primary market, where art is sold by galleries for the first time (quite different than auction prices or other secondary market ones). This year, “The gallerists have …

Women Artists Lost to Museum Archives

With the artist Marisol Escobar as his first example, Washington Post writer Sebastian Smee argues that retrospectives in national and prolific establishments remind the zeitgeist of great artists—and women have been under-serviced. Marisol, who went solely by her first name when exhibiting, was a Warhol contemporary and highly sought-out in the ’60s. Her shows were swamped and she accumulated much acclaim. No major institution has …

NPR Readers Select the 150 Best Albums by Women

A list that’s just as fun as it is purposeful: NPR readers have selected the 150 best albums made by women. Roughly 4,500 people participated and ultimately 8,000 received a vote. The poll was done as a counter to NPR’s self-assembled list, voted on by 50 NPR-affiliated women. Many of the top 10 don’t surprise: iconic works by Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and …