Gender, Age and Location Bias in the Art Market

The case for gender/age bias in the art market, while not a new phenomenon, is so pervasive that the entire system may need to be dismantled in order for a viable gender/age neutral paradigm to evolve. Adding in location as another barrier, if the artist doesn’t live and work in New York or another large city, the obstacles often seem insurmountable.

Presented by artists laelia e. mitchell of Boston, Joanie Gagnon San Chirico who lives in the NJ suburbs of NYC, Nicole Cohen, currently living in Berlin and in NYC, and with Rebecca Taylor from The Getty; the panel will explore the issues of galleries and museums promoting young emerging (and predominantly male) artists versus utilizing the proven track record and experience of the more mature artist.

Most objectionable is the belief that only the young are in touch with cutting edge creativity, are innovative in vision, and capable of producing contemporary art of value.

Note: As a counterpoint, we would like to add a younger male artist to refute our theories. Please email or if you’ll be in Miami and would like to participate.

laelia e. mitchell

Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, Founder of pFAn – professional Fine Art network

Nicole Cohen, Director of the Berlin Collective

Rebecca Taylor