“Private Collectors and Art by Women”

Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota

A chronic problem of regional art centers is the lack of a market for local works. For women artists the problem is often compounded by a subtle discrimination which ensures that the token regional artists who do pop up in major national collections and exhibitions are predominantly male. With such difficulties in mind, this nonprofit women’s art collective decided to focus on the exceptions to the rule with an exhibition of work by women culled from the holdings of private collectors in Minnesota.

“Private Collectors and Art by Women” was by far the most ambitious project ever undertaken by this 12-year-old, 37-member collective. The exhibition included 64 works by 48 artists; it ranged in time from 1850 (Sarah Miriam Peale’s Portrait of Floyd Erskine) to 1982 (works by Louisa Chase and Lynda Benglis), and in celebrity from Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Nevelson to such little-shown Minnesotans

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