Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World

14 Nov 2019

Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World, by Amsterdam-based photographer Carla van de Puttelaar

Portrait Project by Carla van de Puttelaar

Carla van de Puttelaar is a fine art photographer and art historian. In the spring of 2017, she created a new and timely series devoted to prominent and promising women in the art world, Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World. The concept of the project (begun prior to the #MeToo movement) is to shine a light on the many talented women in the field - to showcase their accomplishments, intelligence, power, and beauty. To date, this important series includes over 400 international women from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, nationalities, ages, and professions. Carla has photographed artists, art historians, museum curators and directors, auction professionals, dealers and gallerists, collectors, philanthropists, art fair organisers, journalists, museum trustees, to name some of the professions represented in the project.

Carla visited Edinburgh in July 2019 and made a number of portraits including Victoria Crowe, Christina Jansen, Juliet Bigley and Vilja Louise Skough Aborn

Click here to see all 400 images.

Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World
Victoria Crowe and Gemma Gray

Carla van de Puttelaar’s tribute to women is so visceral that each sitter is poised to tell you her story in a way few photographers can accomplish. When I saw her exhibit at Sotheby’s in New York, I was “blown away” by her sensitivity towards each subject. It’s hard to discover the true DNA of a woman’s essence in photography. It’s even harder to combine that and the Art History of the Dutch Masters. But Carla does it with her sensitive eye and extraordinary sense of detail in her photographs. Her work is truly a woman’s view of women. Unparalleled.

Carole Wilson Cohn​
Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World
Christina Jansen
Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World
Juliette Bigley
Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World
Vilja Louise Skough Aborn

Book Launch

29 November | 6pm National Portrait Gallery, London
Join the official book launch at the National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired five of the pictures for their permanent collection, these will be on display at the book launch.

Buy your copy here

Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World
Jacket Cover
Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World
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TEFAF Fair

Sixty of Puttelaar’s powerful and diverse photographs lined the hallways at the TEFAF Fair on the first and second floors of the Park Avenue Armory in New York in early November.

Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World
Exhibition at TEFAF Fair in New York
Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World
Exhibition at TEFAF Fair in New York
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