ARTSY | Alexxa Gotthardt:
The first edition of H.W. Janson’s History of Art—the 572-page textbook long referenced in many art history survey courses—includes no women artists. No Mary Cassatt, no Frida Kahlo. Zilch. It was published in 1962, and women artists wouldn’t appear on the pages of later editions until 1987.
By the time writer Bridget Quinn got her hands on the tome, during her undergrad art history studies, she counted only 16 female artists. She was angry. “In more than 800 pages, this was all ‘official’ art history could offer,” she writes in her new book, Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)… Read more
Image: Illustration of Artemesia Gentileschi by Lisa Congdon. From “Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)” by Bridget Quinn. Published by Chronicle Books 2017