Broad Strokes – 15 Women…
Broad Strokes – 15 Women who made Art and made History by Bridget Quinn. At a cocktail party not long ago, a friend asked what I was working on. I’m writing about artists I love, I said happily. ‘Which artists?’ She asked, grinning and sipping her cocktail. I imagine she pictured a fierce Mission muralist or half-naked performance artist.
I got no further than a single word – Baroque – when she lowered her drink. ‘The worst class I took in college was art history’, she said. ‘So. Boring.’
I said ‘Maybe you had the wrong teacher’, about to add a titillating art historical tidbit when she caught sight of something more interesting over my shoulder and moved on.
It strikes me that we might need a little caveat here before getting started. Can we agree at the outset to lay down our qualms about Ye Olde Arte Hystore at the door of this book? Put them down. Walk away. Let us agree that together we shall fear no corsets, nor nursing saviors, nor men in top hats and cravats, nor vast expanses of peachy dimpled thighs.
Let us withhold judgment until we know more.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inch
Weight: 1.4 pounds
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Date: March 7th, 2017
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