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These Women Artists Are Making A Splash Well Into Their 80s
These women are the epitome of what it means to be a #girlboss
News 12 Jun 2019

Like fashion, the art world seems to favour youth. Always looking for the next “big thing”, we are preoccupied with championing young and emerging artists.
Right now is a great time to be a young woman artist. The art world is consciously trying to create an equal gender balance within exhibitions and in art history. But historically, being a woman artist was difficult, as women were relegated to second place behind their male counterparts. At this very moment however, there are a number of badass women artists, all mature enough to be old age pensioners. These women are the epitome of what it means to be a #girlboss, showing us that age is just a number, and living as the examples of who we all want to be when we reach the later stages of our lives.
 
Rose Wylie
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Can you believe that Rose Wylie – who has exhibited at Tate Britain, Serpentine and National Museum of Women in the Arts – initially gave up painting when she married her artist husband Roy Oxlade to raise a family? Times are changing now for career women, and luckily many of us will not be expected to quit our jobs if and when we decide to have children. At 85 Wylie is killing it, having solo shows across the world, proving age is just a number.
 
Huguette Caland
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Lebanese artist Huguette Caland is famed for her sexually suggestive paintings. Having lived and worked in Paris and Los Angeles, she is now based in her native Beirut. Now in her 80s, she has a huge retrospective at Tate St Ives.
 
Luchita Hurtado
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At 98, Venezuelan artist Luchita Hurtado is enjoying her first solo retrospective at Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Hurtado’s paintings are heavily influenced by nature and the body, using her work to comment on the state of our planet.
 
Yayoi Kusama
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How could we not include the art world’s favourite redhead? Yayoi Kusama needs no introduction; the 90-year-old Japanese artist has been killing it for decades. Her trademark pumpkins and polka dots are instantly recognizable across the globe, and we have no doubt that she will continue to make a splash for many years to come.
 
Faith Ringgold
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88-year old Faith Ringgold has work in the MoMA. An author, activist and teacher as well as an artist, the Ringgold is known for work that addresses inequalities around race, gender and class. She currently has her first international retrospective at London’s Serpentine.
 
Text by Lizzy Vartanian
Images via @olgavarova, @huguettecaland, @greynaissance, @artnowla, @serpentineuk

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