“Almost one third of solo shows in US museums go to artists represented by just five galleries” – (The ArtNewspaper 2017)
“85% of artists in major U.S. museums are white” – (Cornell University, 2018)
“Overall, 96.1% of artworks sold at auction are by male artists” – (Fabian Bocart, 2018)
ODBK is an activist organization that aims to create a more equal and democratic art world. ODBK seeks to do this by diversify and increase the number of people who understand and engage with contemporary art.
We want to see a bigger number of active participants in the decision making which defines the current and future art world. By decision making ODBK refers to the ability to influence the selection of artists in art spaces – public or private, known or unknown, the relevance and importance of artists and their works for the art world, cap-prices of artworks, and distribution of public funds for the arts. ODBK argues that this should be done and decided without influence from factors such as income, gender, nationality, social status and any other potentially altering kind of identity.
The ODBK has two main functions. The first is the facilitation of the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art for a wider number of people. This is realized through educational talks, events, and online and offline meetings.The second focus is the support of projects and initiatives that allow for influence on a grassroot level in the decisions that shape the art world and art market. One of the main mechanisms that facilitates the implementation of the ODBK concept is the Art Market Regulation Commission (AMARC).