In the past year or so, we have seen most major fine art auctions opening with Australia’s favourite early to mid-century female artists. Indeed, Leonard Joel have been running dedicated women artists auctions since 2017 and announced their fifth edition of the event for 20th October, while Bonhams in their 24 August sale of Important Australian art have reserved the first seven lots for Dorrit Black, Janet Cumbrae-Stewart, Clarice Beckett, May Gibbs and Florence Fuller, as a case in point.
Deutscher + Hackett go one further by marketing their important fine art sale scheduled for 29 September as “Twenty Important Women Artists and Selected Australian and International Fine Art”, putting women very much at the forefront of current auctions.
We expect Smith & Singer to offer a good selection of important women artists in their next major sale scheduled for 22 September, and Menzies’ November sale will no doubt also be heavily weighted with the current female stars that collectors are so keen on.
Is the booming interest in the secondary market in women artists grounded in real dollar figures or simply a myth?