Here’s Every Element of the 2022 Burns Halperin Report, All in One Place

Plus, watch a film that summarizes the key findings.

How much progress has the art world really made when it comes to equity and representation?

With the Burns Halperin Report, we decided to do the math. And we found that the art world’s perception of progress far outpaces reality. 

Since our first edition in 2018, the report has grown into the largest database of its kind, housing three distinct but interconnected data sets. For the 2022 edition, we examined representation in U.S. museums and the art market for work by Black American artists, female-identifying artists, and Black American female-identifying artists, by tracing museum acquisitions (a total of almost 350,000 objects) and exhibitions (nearly 6,000), as well as auction results over more than a decade, and data from leading galleries on representation and sales.

For the first time this year, we published a variety of voices responding to and contextualizing the data. They include case studies that explore how individual institutions managed to create change, op-eds from museum leaders about what change looks like on the inside, and contributions from artists, art-market experts, and researchers about why representation is just one small piece of a larger system.

We also produced a film to summarize our findings. You can find that below. 


A visitor poses in an exhibition of work by artist Barbara Kruger at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York on August 3, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS_AFP via Getty Images)

Introducing the 2022 Burns Halperin Report by Julia Halperin and Charlotte Burns

Perceptions of Progress in the Art World Are Largely a Myth. Here Are the Facts by Julia Halperin and Charlotte Burns

The Data Visualized by Nehema Kariuki

Exactly How Underrepresented Are Women and Black American Artists in the Art World? Read the Full Data Rundown Here by Julia Halperin and Charlotte Burns

Methodology: How We Gathered and Analyzed the Data for the 2022 Burns Halperin Report by Julia Halperin and Charlotte Burns


Melvin Edwards at the Dia Art Foundation. Photo courtesy of the Dia Art Foundation.

Dia Helped Put the Canon in Place. Here’s How We’re Rewriting It by Jessica Morgan

1,760 Won’t Do: Why We Must Go Beyond Surveying Collections and Interrogate Power Structures in Museums by Terence Washington

Monolithic Museum Collections Are Like Climate Change—They Will Take Generations to Undo, But We Must Start Now by Naomi Beckwith

8 Things You Can Do—Right Now—To Create Change in Your Museum Workplace by Mia Locks

Caste in Stone: Why Classifying Artists by Race Is Not Just a ‘Social Construct’ by Adrian Piper

Dear Billionaire: An Open Letter to Museum Patrons by Nizan Shaked

Can Philanthropy Shape Equity in the Arts? 5 Questions to Consider When Making a Donation by Christine Kuan

Art Collectors Have Become Increasingly Risk-Averse. It’s Their Loss—and Ours by Allan Schwartzman

Museums Can, and Do, Talk About Race. Just Not Whiteness by Zoe Samudzi


Christie’s auctioneer Georgina Hilton at the May 26 evening sale Image courtesy Christie’s.

The Art World Is Actually Not Very Creative About What It Values. What Would It Take to Change That? by Julia Halperin and Charlotte Burns

These Two Museums Sold Art by White Men to Buy Work by Women and Artists of Color. Did It Actually Tip the Scales? by Zachary Small

Here Are 5 Concrete DEAI Policies Other Industries Have Used Successfully That the Art World Would Do Well to Consider by Tim Schneider

Is the Art World Entering the Age of ‘Anti-Woke’ Backlash? Here’s Why Today’s Reaction Will Look Very Different From Decades’ Past by Ben Davis

‘It Takes Two Villages’: How the MCA Chicago Transformed Its Collection at Unprecedented Speed to Better Reflect Its Audience by Melissa Smith

Who’s Afraid of Women of a Certain Age? The Market Still Dramatically Undervalues Female Artists—But There’s More to the Story by Katya Kazakina

For Some American Artists, Recognition by Mainstream Art Institutions Is a Means to an End: Building Their Own Alternatives by Melissa Smith

Artists and Critics React to the 2022 Burns Halperin Report by Andrea Fraser, Laurie Simmons, and More