Survey Finds White Men Dominate Collections of Major Art Museums

Little progress has been made since since the Guerrilla Girls, a feminist collective dedicated to diversifying the art world, famously asked: “Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?” 30 years ago. With this provocative question, the group lambasted the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s lack of female representation—discounting, of course, the overwhelming number of women seen in nude paintings adorning the New York institution’s walls. A comprehensive study, published in the journal PLoS One, reveals that 85 percent of artists featured in permanent collections are white, while 87 percent are men.

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