The Story of Art Without Men


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$45.00  $41.85
W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 9.5 X 1.3 inches | 2.75 pounds

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About the Author

Katy Hessel is an art historian, presenter, and curator dedicated to celebrating female artists. The founder of @thegreatwomenartists on Instagram and the podcast of the same name, she lives in London.


Sweeping . . . Part revisionist history, part coffee-table book, part collective portrait, part archival treasure hunt.--Tiana Reid "New York Times"
What Hessel achieves here is extraordinary . . . She covers a wide range of mediums (from silhouette papercutting to body art) and themes (including postcolonial narratives and queer pride). And though she keeps the focus on the women, she includes a few choice slurs by men as evidence of what these artists were--and are--up against . . . This [is a] spellbinding book.--Margot Mifflin "Los Angeles Times"
The Story of Art Without Men is an extraordinary achievement that will have a disruptive cultural legacy and help determine the landscape for years to come.--Helena Lee "Harper's Bazaar"
It's a radical premise, rewriting history and upending the dominance men have held over so much of our culture. ([Hessel] includes sections on queer artists and artists of color, too.) Reading the book, I felt almost giddy as I reached each art-historical moment without the usual suspects mentioned.--Grace Edquist "Vogue"
After reading The Story of Art Without Men, educators may aspire to redesign their art history surveys and syllabi--and trade some Picassos for Gegos.--Nageen Shaikh "Hyperallergic"
Excellent authoritative exuberant and elegantly written.--Simon Sebag Montefiore, on Twitter
A revelation and an important first step towards redressing the balance of an art world in which women have been sidelined.--Katy Thompsett "Refinery29"
Katy Hessel presents art as you've never seen it before, with women in the spotlight--and without a Leonardo in sight.--Rachel Campbell-Johnston "Times (London)"
There's still some way to go until the gender imbalance is totally redressed, but The Story of Art Without Men, which describes how women achieved artistic excellence against colossal odds, has firmly cracked open the canon.--Chloë Ashby "Spectator"
[The Story of Art Without Men] should become a founding text in the history of art by women . . . Inspiring and indispensable.--Bidisha Mamta "Guardian"