Queer Abstraction

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From: long time member
Great exhibition, but where are all the women artists? Only 25% of the featured artists are female. And the few women that are represented have all had to work for decades to finally be considered part of contemporary art. It was in Iowa, where a decade ago, it was women who fought and sued and won the right of same-sex marriage for all Iowans (the Varnum decision). Women artists also appear largely absent from LGBT art displayed in the rest of the Art Center. Why is either a Y chromosome, or a long academic history, necessary to be seen as a contemporary artist at the Des Moines Art Center?

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