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We're more than muses

For a long time in art, the only representation of women came through their depictions by men; although there have always been women artists, it was only women muses that garnered any attention. In a new campaign, online art seller Saatchi Art is turning this way of doing things on its head.

Saatchi Art is an online gallery space, giving fine art purveyors the opportunity to search the works of Saatchi-represented artists from all over the globe. In taking the confines of the physical gallery space out of the picture, more artists are able to get the visibility they deserve. And, with this power, the gallery is making space for artists who have been systematically underrepresented in the art world. Last month, it spotlighted its favorite Black artists in a catalog for Black History Month, and now, it's doing the same for women.

The catalog, aptly titled Refuse to Be the Muse, spotlights a wide array of women artists of all backgrounds and identities, who are making their own work in the industry. "From Titian's 'Venus' to Picasso's nudes, women have more often been the subject of artworks, than had their own works displayed and celebrated in museums and galleries," says Rebecca Wilson, the catalog's curator.

And now, Wilson says, the company is taking steps to make sure women and artists of color are given equal footing in the industry that they've been shut out of professionally. "There is no shortage of outstanding work by these groups who have been under-served by the art world," she notes, "so it is now a question of making sure that they are equally displayed in museums and galleries, and that every effort is made for the art world to reflect the society we live in."

The issue of sexism in art is pervasive and self-sustaining: Because more male artists are shown and sold, their work fetches a higher price, inflating its inherent value, and making collectors feel like it's the better investment. But Wilson notes that Saatchi's art buyers do buy art made by women when it is actually made accessible to them. "We represent as many women artists as men, and our clients are very happy to buy works by women," she says. "In 2018, more than half of our sales by U.S.-based artists were works by women." So the bottom line is, as long as women artists get promoted, their work will be sold, valued accordingly, and a positive cycle will be established.

Below, we chatted with six of the artists featured in Saatchi Art's all-women catalog.

Erin Armstrong

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Armstrong notes that so many, if not all, of the "creative geniuses" who are celebrated in the art world have been men—and it's not because they're intrinsically better artists. "So few female artists were given the opportunity to break through the 'boys club' and achieve the same level of success and notoriety as their male counterparts—unless they were a 'muse,'" says Armstrong. "It is important to provide recognition and give a voice to women artists who are behind the canvas creating the work. It proves that women actually have a lot more to contribute than just being objectified as a man's subject."

Armstrong's work is quite abstract in nature, drawing upon the foundational genre of portraiture to depict "not a person or sitter, [but] an atmosphere or sensation expressed inside the formal qualities of human shapes." The uncertainty of the subject is intentional, and it reflects her identity as a woman. "My focus is to capture what it feels like to be alive today through the lens of a woman; a woman who is growing up in a time of great change."

Chantal Barlow

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Barlow's voice is vital to the art world as a lesbian woman of color. She tells us that shifting the narrative to include more representation of women and people of color is necessary to allow art to reach its full potential as an "authentic reflection of our time."

"The narratives and legacy of our time must include the forgotten, and these neglected voices are often people of color and women due to longstanding power dynamics in the art world," she continues. "The art world has a shameful legacy of creating false narratives, which has created domino effects on nearly every aspect of our culture. Representation can shift the accuracy and equity of our lived experiences, which leads to spiritual, economic, political and social prosperity."

As for her identity, she says that "being a woman informs so much of my existence," so her artistic decisions are made in order to overthrow a dominant narrative of women perpetuated by men. "[Our] power doesn't have to be placed in a passive position," she says. "Women are fully capable of writing their own stories, taking in the world and disseminating into glorious works of art. They don't need anyone to dilute, misrepresent, fabricate, or rewrite their truths."

Anna Hymas

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Hymas believes that women are not given the ability to be fully confident in their roles as artists, especially not to the point that men are. "Even though attitudes are changing, we are still expected to take the main role in the family, so it can be hard to focus solely on your work without feeling guilty or selfish," she points out. "Women have always been involved in making art, however, many talented women have been excluded from art history with only a few gaining recognition as successful fine artists."

The only way to counteract this is to put women artists on an equal playing field as men. "It is so important for women in art to be represented and for women to sell their work on an equal level with men," says Hymas. Agreed.

Lisa Krannichfeld

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As a woman drawing women, Krannichfeld actively works against the positioning of women as merely a muse. "Generally, it's a disservice to humanity to pigeonhole a group of people into just serving one use," she says. "Women have long been valued solely for their inspirational beauty, often over-emphasized in the art, film, and entertainment industries."

Krannichfeld finds power in the ability to sell her art online, saying that being an artist is a more accessible career with the help of online art sellers. "I can say that as a young female artist working outside the traditional art metropolis cities, I have a lot of odds against me at making a living as a full-time artist," she says. And, not only does this allow more artists to sell their art, but it also allows more people to be able to see themselves in the art that is sold. "[Art] should not only be accessible to everyone but also have the potential to connect with people from all walks of life," she continues. "Diverse representation in the creators of art is key in doing this; for too long has art been controlled by and catered to a just a small demographic."

Instead of simply using women for their beauty, then, she uses it to empower them. "My greatest joy has always come from drawing and painting women, and my current body of work takes that joy and mixes it with the passion to further the sense of power and confidence women have in themselves," she says. "In some pieces, I intentionally cut off the faces of the figures I paint to allow female-identifying people to see themselves in the work."

Marijah Bac Cam

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For so long, women have only been able to see themselves as the subject, and not the creator, of art. Giving a platform to women artists is powerful because it "helps to change our view of the place of women in art, [who are] often confined to the role of muse or inspirer, and to present models in which everyone can recognize themselves."

But, Bac Cam says that, even when women are given the opportunity to advance in the art world as the artists, they are still confined to specific creative mediums. Her work goes against that, and she hopes that it "breaks the codes and stereotypes that suggest that a woman artist must be limited in her colors, subjects, format, and technique."

Lisa Hunt

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Hunt is aware that women have been making amazing art throughout history, but that they have only been given the chance to be recognized for it for a small portion of it. "The time has come for the art world to catch up and give recognition to the reality that woman have always made significant, substantial, and monumental contributions as artists," she says. We need to make up for lost time.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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