Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sydney Biennale

Countess has long ruminated on ideas of success and recognition in the art-world thinking about how success is perceived and experienced in the mysterious 'careers' that artists pursue.  Do women and men experience the art-world differently?  Maybe because the internet mirrors, via social media sites, the things one is searching in Google might explain the extraordinary number of links to feminist issues that seem to fill the Countesses news feed.  Taking this as a good sign Countess was pleasantly surprised when counting the gender representation on the just released list of Biennale of Sydney 2016 artists and found a perfect 50/50 split.

Exploring the BOS20 website the familiar anchor of the artists credentials are always present, part stock market report / spring racing guide with an auction like summary positioning artwork and artist. This public information is also referenced by influential websites such as Artnet, and Artfacts organisations who rank artists and institutions for art collectors and institutions.

The graphs below show the information from each artist page on the BOS20 website; name, date of birth, location of birth and current residence, some but not all images are courtesy of a commercial gallery have also been recorded.  (F=female, FF=female/female collaboration, FM=female/male collaboration, M=male, MM=male/male collaboration)

A wise artist once said "Art is for young people" and perhaps she was right, in this Biennale 25 artists are born before 1970, and twice as many (50) artist are born post 1970.  (The count of BOS19 there was 90% of artists born post 1970!)

Artists in BOS20 are born in a variety of locations.

Many artists move to central cities such as Berlin, London, Paris, New York and 15 of the listed artists live in more than one city.  

Images on each artists page included information about gallery representation, over half of the artists in BOS20 are represented by galleries.  A quick search of the first 20 (25%) of artists in BOS20 list revealed that 85% had previously shown in other international biennales.  

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