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Baltimore museum will only buy art from women in 2020


Added 11-20-19 12:13:02am EST - “The Baltimore Museum of Art is taking a big step toward balancing its collections between art made by men and women.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Baltimore museum will only buy art from women in 2020”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is taking a big step toward balancing its collections between art made by men and women.

“This how you raise awareness and shift the identity of an institution,” museum director Christopher Bedford told The Baltimore Sun. “You don’t just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rothko. To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something radical.”

Bedford said the policy does not apply to gifts donated to the institution and the number of works bought in 2020 depended on a number of factors.

The change is part of the museum’s “2020 Vision” plan, a series of 22 exhibits celebrating women artists. 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote.

The Baltimore Museum of Art has nearly 100,000 works, including the world’s largest Henri Matisse collection. Works by women, however, constitute a scant 4% of its collections.

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