I’d like to think I can represent all those artists who heroically have kept going and are successful, but are not recognised or acclaimed.
Can it be true, as some say:
We can at least hope!
After having been overlooked for decades, the art world has finally woken up to Phyllida Barlow’s audacious, gargantuan sculptures. Now she is representing Britain at the Venice Biennale – but why did it take so long for her to be discovered???
Part of the answer—as in many other parts of the labor market and society at large—is simple sexism. Men have long – much too long – dominated the art world, from galleries to museums to criticism, but maybe we now are witnessing a change?
In an interview with The Telegraph Barlow says:
‘I’m suspicious of success … but there are ways of being successful that are private. Achieving public recognition and approval – that seems to me a very small part of being successful … Success happens in all sorts of ways. There’s sensational success. There’s youth success. And there’s the lifetime success of an artist keeping going, against hell and high water.’