Born from the Margins: Women Gallerists Creating New Markets, 1800-1990


Caterina Toschi, Università per Stranieri di Siena, University for Foreigners of Siena, toschi@unistrasi.it

Veronique Chagnon-Burke, Independent Scholar, New York City, veroniqueburke79@gmail.com

In 1966, Linda Givon founded the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the goal of championing contemporary art as an agent of social change and political activism. Her work as a gallerist serves as the inspiration for this session, which purpose is to contribute to expanding our understanding of the development of the current global contemporary art canon. As co-founders of WADDA [Women Art Dealers Digital Archives, https://www.wadda.info/home], the chairs have chosen to organize this session around women art dealers, who have either established their practice outside the US-Europe centric axis or have supported the careers of artists traditionally marginalized in major art market centers. Because of the project's long chronological span, we are also interested in seeing how through the 1800, the shifting status of the art dealer which was not yet professionalized, allowed women to act as agents for artists and advisors for private collectors often using their own agency because they were themselves artists.

This session hopes to illuminate how through their selection of artists or from the geographical space they operated from, these women gallerists brought to the center art that is now considered key to today’s contemporary art market.

Information about the speakers and papers on this panel will be posted shortly.

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