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Exhibitions

Why I find women-only exhibitions depressing

The depressing thing is not that shows like the Scottish National Gallery’s ‘Modern Scottish Women’ exist. It’s that they need to exist

29 October 2015

9:00 AM

29 October 2015

9:00 AM

Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885–1965

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, until 26 June 2016

Modern Scottish Men, a new exhibition celebrating the achievements of male artists in the 20th century, opens next month in Edinburgh. Men only; no women. Bold! Only joking. That show would never happen today. How could it? Where would an exclusive, specifically male-only exhibition be tolerated these days? A women-only show, on the other hand, would be fair enough; we need to point out that the wee dears can paint too.

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