Experts Tell Us the Best Feminist Art Books

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Feminist Art Books. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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A Big Important Art Book by Danielle Krysa

This product was recommended by Erica Helder from Erica Helder Studio

Danielle Krysa of ‘the Jealous Curator’ fights back against the systemic exclusion of women from the art world by highlighting 45 female artists. Her book both celebrates and inspires; drawing you into the work of the curated collection and pushing women artists everywhere to create their best art.

The Visual is Political by Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi

This product was recommended by Josephine Ortega from The Main Museum

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi makes a powerful statement with this book. She tackles power dynamics through aesthetic portrayals of politics in 1970’s and 1980’s Britain. This book packs a real punch.

Women, Art, and Society by Whitney Chadwick

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

Whitney Chadwick is a meticulous thinker. She breaks down the involvement of women in art chronologically and geographically. Not only does she talk about the art various women made, but also the social and political challenges women in art had to overcome in order to convey their messages. It’s a brilliant book for anyone who wants to get a clear picture of the evolution of women and art.

The Diary of Frida Kahlo by Carlos Fuentes

This product was recommended by Gina Harper from Harper’s Nurseries

Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite all-time artists. An iconic and inspiring figure who was not afraid to defy social norms and be her true self. Her refusal to conform and the immense courage she displayed in the face of many hardships, inspired many modern-day feminists. It goes without saying, her incredible artworks speak for themselves. Her paintings broached women’s issues such as miscarriage and abortion-she was never afraid to explore subjects considered taboo. The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait, contains her musings during the final years of her life and recollections of her incredible experiences. This beautifully illustrated book holds a proud place on my bookshelf and is one I enjoy browsing whenever I feel in need of inspiration.

The Power of Feminist Art by Norma Broude

This product was recommended by Rohan Kadam from Bikingknowhow

I have read this book and found it simply amazing. This book is a wonderful collection of stories which revolve around women and arts. I love how the book has recorded all inspirational stories and presented them in essay format. It is amazing to see how America had so many talented female artists in the past. Reading this book is an experience which I recommend every art lover must take. Of all the amazing books I read last quarter, I would keep this book in the top 3.

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