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Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists--from the 11th century to today--from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science. A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Art highlights the achievements and stories of 50 notable women in the arts--from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe, to lesser-known names like 1 Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists--from the 11th century to today--from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science. A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Art highlights the achievements and stories of 50 notable women in the arts--from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe, to lesser-known names like 19th-century African American quilter Harriet Powers and Hopi-Tewa ceramic artist Nampeyo. Covering a wide array of artistic mediums, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about artistic movements throughout history, statistics about women's representation in museums, and notable works by women. Women in Art celebrates the success of the bold female creators who inspired the world and paved the way for the next generation of artists.


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Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists--from the 11th century to today--from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science. A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Art highlights the achievements and stories of 50 notable women in the arts--from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe, to lesser-known names like 1 Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists--from the 11th century to today--from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science. A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Art highlights the achievements and stories of 50 notable women in the arts--from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe, to lesser-known names like 19th-century African American quilter Harriet Powers and Hopi-Tewa ceramic artist Nampeyo. Covering a wide array of artistic mediums, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about artistic movements throughout history, statistics about women's representation in museums, and notable works by women. Women in Art celebrates the success of the bold female creators who inspired the world and paved the way for the next generation of artists.

30 review for Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I swear that, in another life, I was an art historian. During my undergraduate years, I only took one art history course (*cries*), but I loved it. In that course, I learned how to read visual images, how to think about them, how to write about them, how to place them in conversation with larger cultural, social, literary, and legal histories. This isn't hyperbole (although it will most definitely read as such), but a *good* introduction to art and art history can really change your life for the I swear that, in another life, I was an art historian. During my undergraduate years, I only took one art history course (*cries*), but I loved it. In that course, I learned how to read visual images, how to think about them, how to write about them, how to place them in conversation with larger cultural, social, literary, and legal histories. This isn't hyperbole (although it will most definitely read as such), but a *good* introduction to art and art history can really change your life for the better. It can open you up to new ways of thinking, of imagining, of dreaming, of critiquing....much in the same way that literature does.... And that's one of the reasons I loved this book--it's a great introduction to art and art history, and it includes the biographies of an array of women of different time periods, cultures, and practices. Much like Sarah Green's excellent 'Art Assignment' series, it doesn't make the discipline feel cold and inaccessible. It makes art feel vital and necessary and renders artists, specifically women artists, as interlocutors who help us learn how to imagine. Simply wonderful :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    Ignotofsky highlights 50 women artists from all across time and all over the world with a page of illustration and a page of information for each. Between the research and the 2 full page illustrations she does for each person (even the text page is covered in illustrations), I have no idea how long these books must take Ignotofsky. I also don't envy her deciding who to include and who to leave out. (My guess is that the ones she really wanted to include but didn't make the cut are the ones on t Ignotofsky highlights 50 women artists from all across time and all over the world with a page of illustration and a page of information for each. Between the research and the 2 full page illustrations she does for each person (even the text page is covered in illustrations), I have no idea how long these books must take Ignotofsky. I also don't envy her deciding who to include and who to leave out. (My guess is that the ones she really wanted to include but didn't make the cut are the ones on the timeline she includes in the back of the book.) She did seem to favor artists who spoke up for gender equality, racial equality, or lgbtq issues. I found some of the information she did or didn't include for certain artists I know more about interesting. For example, no mention about Frida's animals, even though her illustration of Frida included her monkeys. I would have written several differently, but that's me. (I really do want to know why one photographer had tons of info on her music accomplishments and her photography was literally just mentioned in a side note. That didn't make sense in a book focused on art.) Overall, recommended for readers looking for a biography collection, reluctant biography readers, or art appreciators.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Belisle

    So many wonderful artists I had sadly never heard of. My only complaints with this book are that there aren't more early artists from before 1900 (Artemisia Gentileschi and Anna Atkins would have been perfect additions) and that there are no images of the artists' work. I love the illustration style, but a little end note with actual images of the artworks mentioned would have saved me a lot of Googling.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shannen

    These are always wonderful. In the about the author at the end she says something to the effect of "my goal is to take dense information and make it accessible and fun to learn," and she knocks it out of the park every time imo. Her illustrations are beautiful, the women she chooses are racially and geographically diverse, and non cishet women have their queerness highlighted rather than glossed over as you might find in more typical histories. The Women in X series never disappoints <3

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cutegirl

    I'll try it. Hope it good

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Beautifully illustrated and captures a diverse range of female artists. A perfect gift book for a young reader, or anyone interested in women in the arts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Renee

    cute as hell!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    I LIKE THIS BOOK.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Interesting information on a lot of women artists, many of them I did not know about. I loved the illustrations. Can't wait to take a deeper dive into the works of these 50 amazing women.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paige Dempsey

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Spivey

  13. 5 out of 5

    meg

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claire Morley

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Malone

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jharna K

  17. 4 out of 5

    MayorEmma

  18. 5 out of 5

    Casey

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily Meeks

  20. 5 out of 5

    Contessa

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jane

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen Coleman

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lucia González

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jama Rooney

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth

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