Danger! Women Artists at Work

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The conventional history of art is one of great men making great paintings, and displaying their works to a predominantly male audience in male-run institutions. Women, however, have had a role, often working behind the scenes, out of sight or in resistance to prevailing attitudes and practices. And it is in these exceptions to the rules of the masculine world of art-making that women artists have been perceived as groundbreaking, defiant and even subversive. A compelling selection of more than 60 artists from the early Renaissance to the present day, among them Judith Leyster, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo and Louise Bourgeois, Danger! Women Artists at Work explores the most intriguing and provocative aspects of art by women who shook up the art world. Through a lively introduction and six thematic chapters dealing with such subjects as the ways in which women have challenged the boundaries of expression and how they have viewed the human body, Debra N. Mancoff presents an absorbing tale of those who have struggled and triumphed in their efforts to transform the visual arts.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185894564X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945644
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

Customer Reviews

Sorely Needed!

4 people found this helpful.
 on February 11, 2014
By Susan
This text is one that should be included with all art history studies since the contents are unlikely to be included in any generalized texts which are typically based on the male history of art. With a few, very few, exceptions. Sadly.

Danger! Women Artists at Work.

13 people found this helpful.
 on February 28, 2014
By J. Mcdonald
This is rather like one of those compilation books along the lines of “100 paintings you must see” or “50 artists you should know” or whatever; in this case 60 women artists are given a general two-page spread each – one page of explanatory text and one example of work, in some cases with a photograph of the artist alongside.

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