Katherine Markley asks some big questions about women artists, their market success during recessions and the potential for parity with male artists:
Although many artists did experience a significant drop in total sales volume in 2009, as the overall art market responded to global financial crisis, many female artists were able to quickly rebound, as the Post-War and Contemporary market saw consistent growth in the past two years.
Markley points to the success of Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman (against Gerhard Richter and Andreas Gursky) as their price indices continue to rise ahead of the market and male rivals. As interesting as these graphs are, it is hard to determine whether these particular women are representative of anything beyond their own success.
The Success of Top Female Artists (Artnet)