Female artists have often been overlooked in the traditionally male-dominated art world, a trend which has been receiving more and more recognition and coverage in recent years. However there have been some encouraging and interesting trends of late, not least in the art market which can often act as a bell-weather for cultural trends.
According to Shea Goli, Contemporary Art Advisor at Gurr Johns, “Over the last 12 to 18 months in particular there have been real signs of change in the market, both in the middle market and with mid-career artists, and also at the top end where the major evening auctions have included many more female artists. At the top end, Jenny Saville made a record for a living female artst in October at Sotheby’s with a self-portrait which sold for £8.25million, while in New York in May, a Louise Bourgeois spider went for $32million and a Joan Mitchell triptych fetched $21.1million. These are signs of real progress at many levels of the market: although there’s still a very long way to go.”

The market is reacting to a broader shift, which has also seen more major museum shows recently on some fantastic female artists, including retrospectives on Annie Albers, Joan Jonas and Dorothea Tanning, to name a few. And this summer promises even more unmissable shows, including the Natalia Goncharova exhibition at Tate Modern which we covered in our last post. We have picked out a few which caught our eye:

* Not to be missed is the sensational retrospective on Lee Krasner which opened last week at the Barbican in London. ‘Lee Krasner: Living Colour’ celebrates the work of the pioneer Abstract Expressionist, whose significance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.  She once said, “I like a canvas to breathe and be alive.  Be alive is the point.”, and her energetic, bold and striking works are testament to her passion and her spirit for invention. It is an outstanding show which runs until 1st September 2019.

* ‘Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress’ at Dia:Beacon, New York, is the first North American retrospective dedicated to the minimalist artist who believed art should be playful, functional and fully part of society.  She built sculptures out of industrial materials and installed them in public spaces, encouraging people to interact with them.
On now until 9th September 2019.

* For their show ‘Sixty Years’, Tate Britain, has removed work by male artists from the museum’s permanent exhibition space and dedicated it entirely to work by women artists. Telling the story of British art from 1960 to the present day, it features around 30 artists including Bridget Riley, Rachel Whiteread, Mona Hatoum and Sarah Lucas.
On now until April 2020.

* The late Austrian painter Maria Lassnig will receive her first retrospective in the Netherlands this spring, at the Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam. Lassnig is well known for her “body awareness paintings”—a series in which she paints only the parts of her body she can feel while she is working—as well as her expressive self-portraiture. A pioneer of her time, Lassnig often painted older female nudes with a vibrant signature pastel palette and powerful, brushy strokes. 
On now until 13th August 2019.
 
And coming later this year:
 
* ‘Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again’ at the Broad, Los Angeles
This exhibition will show Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s video work and photography which chronicles her investigation of ancient and modern Iranian history, the experience of living in exile, and the impact of political upheavals such as Iran’s Green Revolution. Around 130 works will be shown, including ‘Passage’ her 2001 collaboration with Philip Glass; ‘Illusions and Mirrors’, featuring Natalie Portman; and Neshet’s best known work, ‘Women of Allah’. 
19th October 2019 – 16th February 2020.
 
* ‘Fighting for Visibility: Women Artists in the Nationalgalerie Before 1919’  at the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.  
In an attempt to balance art history’s gender gap, this show is timed to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the first female students admitted to the Kunstakademie art school. Artists on view include Sabine Lepsius, Maria Slavona, Caroline Bardua, sculptor Elisabeth Ney, and many lesser-known figures whose work will be displayed at the museum for the first time. 
11th October 2019 – 26th January 2020.


* ‘A Tale of Two Women Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana’ at the Prado Museum in Madrid. 
Coinciding with the institution’s Bicentenary, the great Spanish institution will celebrate two female Old Masters who found fame, even in their own time; Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625), a court painter for King Phillip II of Spain, and Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) who is considered the first professional female artist.
22 October 2019 – 2 February 2020