Observer | Women Are Center Stage at This Year’s Art Basel

“Thinking about what a muse is: it’s a noun, but it’s a person, mainly a woman, used for artistic inspiration,” Mickalene Thomas said Thursday at the Pratt Institute’s “Women of Influence in the Business of Art” panel. “Going back to Greek mythology, it was 9 different goddesses.” The statement rings true; Calliope, Clio and Polyhymnia, the muses of epic poetry, history and music were over time replaced by Marie-Thérèse Walter, Catherine Deneuve and Patti Smith, inspirations to Pablo Picasso, Dior and Robert Mapplethorpe. Yet, as they have emerged more and more on the artistic side of the equation, the fairer gender hasn’t been given the respect or credit due them.

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