Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Wendy's Lessons in Art and Feminism; Grafton Regional Gallery's Special Guest Made for an Interesting Start to 2016 Program

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Wendy's Lessons in Art and Feminism; Grafton Regional Gallery's Special Guest Made for an Interesting Start to 2016 Program

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Byline: Lesley Apps Lesley.Apps@dailyexaminer.com.au

GALLERY-goers were given a swift lesson in feminism on Friday night, courtesy of guest speaker Wendy Sharpe whose entertaining opening-night delivery was as hilarious as it was confusing and confronting to at least half the audience that ran to more than 100.

Nevertheless, she powered on as she opened La Femina, one of the four exhibitions being opened that evening, explaining why we still needed to have special exhibitions to celebrate women making art.

"It has improved since the '60s and '70s for female artists and a lot of people think everything's alright in the art world thanks to Tracey Emin and a few others but it's not alright, and it's not just about the art world unfortunately," the 1996 Archibald Winner said.

Wendy cited an art world example, like a major collection in London that has 2300 articles of which 11 are by women, and another where less than 10% of the works are by women, yet 85% of the nudes in that collection are of women. …

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