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Women in Abstraction

Women in Abstraction

by Christine Macel
Hardback
Publication Date: 28/10/2021

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An exploration of the fundamental role played by women in the development of abstract art

With a few notable exceptions, the fundamental role that women played in the development of abstract art has long been underestimated, and their work has not received the same critical attention as that of their male counterparts. Now, at last, the tide is turning. The latest historiographical advances illustrated by numerous recent publications, monographs and thematic exhibitions make it possible to reassess the importance of the contribution of women artists to the different currents of abstraction, while at the same time questioning the patterns of the past.

Edited by Christine Macel, this catalogue and the exhibition it accompanies highlights the contributions of a hundred or so women artists to abstraction up to the 1980s, with a few unprecedented forays into the 19th century. By focusing on the careers of artists so often unjustly eclipsed, the book questions the established canons and offers an alternative history of abstraction, from the symbolist abstraction of Hilma Af Klint, to the sensual abstraction of Huguette Caland, to the purist non-objective approach of Verena Von Loewensberg. Essays by noted scholars explore the techniques, concerns and legacies of these women, shedding light on their unique experiences and offering keen new reflections on their work and the movement as a whole.

With 350 illustrations

ISBN:
9780500094372
9780500094372
Category:
History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
28-10-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
344
Dimensions (mm):
300x225x41mm
Weight:
0.57kg
Christine Macel

Christine Macel is a French curator. She was the director of the 2017 Venice Biennale, and is chief curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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