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Neglected no more: Bold books for Women’s History Month

Posted on 02 Mar 2021

From Frida Kahlo to Grace Jones and famous names to lesser-knowns, these books explore the lives and work of extraordinary creative women across centuries of visual culture.

Sabine Lepsius, Self-Portrait, 1885. Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Photo: akg-images. Featured in 'Seeing Ourselves: Women’s Self-Portraits'.

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

Linda Nochlin’s landmark 1971 essay ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’ heralded the dawn of a feminist history of art, unravelling basic assumptions that centred a white male artistic ‘genius’. Fifty years on, Nochlin’s message remains as urgent as ever. The standalone anniversary edition of Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? is published alongside its reappraisal ‘Thirty Years After’.

The Militant Muse

The Militant Muse is an elegantly written exploration of the intense, complex and far-reaching female friendships among the surrealists, documenting what it meant to be young, ambitious and female in the context of an avant-garde movement defined by celebrated men.

Women, Art, and Society

Whitney Chadwick’s Women, Art, and Society, one of the bestselling World of Art titles, is updated for our urgent cultural moment. This acclaimed survey re-examines the work of women artists since the Middle Ages.

Seeing Ourselves

Seeing Ourselves is a richly diverse exploration of female artists and self-portraits. Spanning centuries, and featuring works by the likes of Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman and Marlene Dumas, this book is brimming with inspiration and originality.

Voyaging Out

Voyaging Out tells the story of modern British art history through the stories of its women. Author Carolyn Trant fills in gaps in traditional art histories, exploring the lives and works of a rich network of neglected women artists.

Women Artists (Art Essentials)

Focusing on fifty diverse women artists, from Lavinia Fontana and Artemisia Gentileschi through Judy Chicago, Ana Mendieta and the Guerrilla Girls, Women Artists (Art Essentials) equips the reader with an understanding of the history of art by women, as well as an appreciation of its most outstanding figures.

Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader

Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader is the definitive anthology of writings on women in art by the late Linda Nochlin, one of the most influential and revolutionary voices in feminist art history.

Androgyne: Fashion and Gender

Androgyne: Fashion and Gender is the first visually led exploration of androgyny, drawing on the worlds of art and literature to give a deeper understanding of the timeless human drive to break free from defined categories.