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Eight AWAD member galleries at Miami Art Week 2016

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Association of Women Art Dealers is pleased to say that the following member galleries are participating in a quartet of fairs during Miami Art Week. Visit them all! Fairs run from November 30th – December 4th. Please follow links to learn more about the galleries and fairs.

Image courtesy of Sim Smith Gallery – Bitch Palm  (2016) – Tim Garwood

 

 

Context Art Miami

Accola Griefen Gallery

Susan ELey Fine Art

 

Pulse Miami Beach

Adah Rose Gallery

Sim Smith Gallery 

 

Aqua Art Miami

C fine Art

Elisa Contemporary Art

Phylogeny Contemporary

Art Miami

 

 

Unconscious bias and the art world (Part I of II)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

In advance of the Aqua Art Miami & Association of Women Art Dealers’ collaboration during Miami Art Week 2016, two blog posts by Susan Mumford, our Founder and CEO, address key facets of gender disparity in the sector. This first part brings to light a silent enabler of gender disparity: unconscious bias.

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According to the UK-based lecturer Sandy Sparks*, unconscious bias “refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.

Does this sound familiar to your own experiences or those you’ve seen of others?

This bias can affect the decisions of men and women alike, decisions that are at the detriment of women’s careers – albeit without their knowledge. And it sometimes reveals itself in the open. Take for instance a question I was asked as an emerging gallerist in my mid-twenties: “So when do you plan on having a family?” Combined with the tone of voice used, the 50-year old male artist might as well have asked, “When will you decide to focus on your personal life and stop representing me?” The question ostensibly sprang from raging doubts in the back of his mind. This type of experience results in many women working out how to answer such seemingly left-field questions in advance, so that when presented, they’re swiftly dealt with before moving onto the subject at hand, the unconscious bias moved out of the way.

Hollywood actor, producer and writer Geena Davis** has become an advocate for the cause and says, “We have to keep in mind the tremendous amount of unconscious bias against women. Because if women and men were truly equally talented and equally hired based on their talent and ability, we would have half of both. While her focus is the film industry, the sentiment equally applies to the art world. She adds, “Even if people say, ‘I’m just hiring the best person for the job,’ and they keep hiring male directors, it’s not something they are necessarily completely aware of,” adding that if people cannot defeat their biases on their own, then “we need to take measures to defeat it.” What might such a measure look like in the art world? Galleries could readily represent as many women as men. Critics could make a concerted effort to review galleries run by women, in addition to solo shows by women artists. While I appreciate that such a regimented approach isn’t welcome by many, I urge mindfulness of gender balance in your professional life. Should you identify an imbalance, work out a solution to improve it.

Needless to say, you can only find a solution once you’re aware of the root of a problem, and when it comes to unconscious bias, the first step is awareness. By shifting unconscious thoughts and judgements into your conscious mind, day in, day out, you’re positioned to make objectively minded decisions that work towards a gender balanced art world.

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Want more insight on gender dynamics in the art world? Keen to take advantage of networking opportunites?

Lady art dealers, join the next online meeting of the AWAD Virtual Chapter on Monday 10th October 2016! 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm UK. — Free for qualifying visitors to attend–

(See all upcoming events in the AWAD Calendar.)

Check out the Aqua Art Miami website and follow on social media:

Instagram: @artmiamifairs Twitter:@Art_Miami

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*What is Unconscious Bias; considerations and top tips (2nd June 2014. Sandy Sparks University of Warwick, LDC, Research Active Staff & Vitae Hub co-ordinator.

**See the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

AWAD Event at Art Miami – Networking Cocktails on the Beach

Friday, December 4th, 2015
Join AWAD for Networking Cocktails on the Beach at the Sagamore “Art” Hotel 671 Collins Avenue, South Beach, Miami. The event is open to art dealers, gallerists and advisors (of any gender!)   The gathering is on Friday December 4th from 9:15pm – 11:00pm. For more information and to RSVP please email – engage@womenartdealers.org.

 

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts will exhibit at Art on Paper Miami (1-6/Dec)

Friday, November 27th, 2015

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Image: Watchful Bliss by Sarah Irvin (Courtesy of Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)

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Kathryn Markel Fine Arts will exhibit at the inaugural Miami edition of Art on Paper (1-6/Dec) showing work by a selection of gallery artists at Booth K4.

Kathryn Markel began her eponymous gallery in 1976 with the belief that contemporary art can be beautiful as well as visually and intellectually rigorous, and that acquiring it should be a source of pleasure and self-discovery.  For almost 40 years, we have helped collectors find the art that speaks to them, and, therefore, exhibit a diverse group of artists united by hard-won craft, compelling intellectual framework, and a love of the art-making process. To find out more click here.

Art on Paper‘s inaugural Miami Beach edition will launch during this year’s Miami Art Week, bringing the acclaimed fair to the epicenter of the international arts community. Art on Paper NYC welcomed over 20,000 visitors in March of 2015 and saw strong sales to top collectors, quickly becoming a New York City favorite. Like its sister fair, Art on Paper Miami’s exhibiting galleries will feature sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography, all unified by the medium of paper.

S Artspace Gallery NYC will be exhibiting at AQUA ART MIAMI

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

S Artspace Gallery NYC is proud to announce its participation in AQUA ART MIAMI 2015  further confirming and supporting our gallery’s mission of exhibiting international artists from Europe, and the Caribbean including Cuba, Haiti and Aruba.

Out of a vision to increase awareness and interest in international art, S Artspace Gallery NYC was born. Located on the Bowery in a historic landmark building, it is a 1200 sq. ft. forum for emerging international artists. This lower east side gallery is a creative space where the focus is on contemporary emerging art, performance art and installations. Click here to learn more about S Artspace and the founders Catherine Testorf and Elizabeth Rosso.

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