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The art world is a man’s world- or, at least, it used to be entirely one. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who is a longtime listener of the ArtCurious Podcast, because we’ve touched multiple times on the difficulties that have faced women who have sought careers as artists. Now, thankfully, in the age of #metoo, the male-heaviness of the art world is changing a bit, as it is in other facets of society. But turning back the clock to any other era in history, and the reality is that it was totally a man’s game. And the absolute manliness of it all was compounded intensely in one particular time and place: post-war America, where it was all about brusque machismo, the biggest innovations, and the biggest splash. It was a measuring contest like none other, and two larger-than-life characters were at the center of it all.
ArtCurious is sponsored by Anchorlight, an interdisciplinary creative space, founded with the intent of fostering artists, designers, and craftspeople at varying stages of their development. Home to artist studios, residency opportunities, and exhibition space Anchorlight encourages mentorship and the cross-pollination of skills among creatives in the Triangle.
Additional music credits
"The Walk" by Dee Yan-Key is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0; "Catching Glitter" by Split Phase is licensed under BY-NC-SA 3.0 US; "Aquasigns" by Tagirijus is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0; "You know why" by Loyalty Freak Music is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License; "Tethered" by Nctrnm is licensed under BY 4.0. Based on a work at https://soundcloud.com/nctrnm/; "Dancing on the Seafloor (KieLoKaz ID 110)" by KieLoBot is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Attempt 7" by Jared C. Balogh is licensed under BY-NC-SA 3.0
Links and further resources
The New York Times: "Ruth Kligman, Muse and Artist, Dies at 80"
Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, Steven Naifeh and Gregory Smith
De Kooning: A Retrospective, John Elderfield
Willem de Kooning and his wife, Elaine, photograph by Hans Namuth, 1952.
Jackson Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner, photograph by Hans Namuth, 1950.
Willem de Kooning, Excavation, 1950
Jackson Pollock, Stenographic Figure, c. 1942
Willem de Kooning, Woman I, 1950-1952
Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950
Jackson Pollock painting on panes of glass, Hans Namuth documentary stills, 1950.
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