Wednesday, June 7, 2017

It’s official, 80% of the artists in NYC’s top galleries are white

By Henri Neuendorf
Courtesy of James Case-Leal.
NEW YORK---It’s no secret that white male artists enjoy outsize representation at New York’s top-tier galleries. But a new study suggests just how homogeneous this population of artists really is. In research conducted by CUNY’s Guttman College in the fall of 2016, students analyzed the demographics of 1,300 artists represented by the city’s top 45 commercial galleries. According to the recently published study, 80.5 percent of artists represented by the galleries are white. Despite the findings, Case-Leal says the study is not about pointing fingers. “Quantifiable data takes the guesswork out of a critique and presents it in public,” he said. “I do not think this information needs to be read as accusatory. It is intended to be an honest assessment.” [More]