Ageism is prominent in all parts of the art world: in the gallery scene, in academia, on social media, and more.
This video explores the ageism that occurs, referring to experiences shared by many artists in the field
- The art world is most focused on artists who are 20-35 years of age.
- Galleries are looking for the next “fresh young talent,” words which are frequently used to describe exhibitions.
- An example is the Young British Artists group.
- Middle aged women are largely absent from trendy New York City galleries
- Most of the time all you hear about is the recent MFA graduate from Columbia and their “meteoric rise.”
- In academia, once you are 35 years old it’s extremely difficult to get hired as a tenure track professor.
- Prof Lieu notes Faith Ringgold stating that as an artist, you have to “outlast everybody.”
- It’s common for artists in their teens and 20’s to struggle about what to say.
- More life experience ensures that you’ll have more to draw from in your artwork.
- An advantage of being older is knowing better how to use your time efficiently and productively.
- There is a trend of women receiving accolades once they are 80 years old or more.
- This is not common with male artists, who are often perceived as geniuses once they are 80 years old or more.
- We need to hear more about artists who work for decades and continue to persist with their artwork.
- Achieving resilience and stamina as an artist can be the toughest part.
- Françoise Gilot: ‘It Girl’ at 100, The New York Times
- Carmen Herrera, minimalist artist who found fame late in life, dies at 106, The Washington Post
- These 8 Female Artists Only Saw Their Careers Catch Fire Well Into Their 80s. Here’s How They Finally Got Their Due, Artnet
- Zilia Sánchez: 92-year-old artist gets her first museum retrospective, The Guardian
- Etel Adnan, celebrated writer who found late-in-life fame as a painter, dies at 96, The Washington Post
- 30 under 30, Forbes
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