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Anne Vallayer Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie Antoinette
by Eik Kahng (Editor), et al
Book Description Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) was one of the most talented still-life painters of the French school. Her exquisite paintings, today located in some of the world's finest museums, were admired and collected by many of her contemporaries, including Marie Antoinette, who became the artist's most important patron. This lavishly illustrated book, the first devoted to Vallayer-Coster in over 30 years, presents a stunning array of the artist's still-life works, many of which have never before been...
Hardcover: 336 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 11.68 x 9.36 
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; ; (July 1, )
ISBN: 0300093292 

Until Now
by Anne Geddes
Listed under Anne Geddes

Artemisia: The Story of a Battle for Greatness
by Alexandra Lapierre (Translator)
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Artemisia Gentileschi
by Mary D. Garrard

Artemisia: A Novel
by Alexandra Lapierre, Liz Heron (Translator)

Artemisia Gentileschi around 1622: The Shaping and Reshaping of an Artistic Identity (The Discovery Series)
by Mary D. Garrard

The Art of History: African American Women Artists Engage the Past
by Lisa Gail Collins
In this lively and engaging book, Lisa Gail Collins examines the work of contemporary African American women artists. Her study comes at a time when an unprecedented number of these artists-photographers, filmmakers, painters, installation and mixed-media artists-have garnered the attention and imagination of the art-viewing public. The Publisher

Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections
by Diana Burgess Fuller (Editor), Daniela Salvioni (Editor)

Berthe Morisot
by Anne Higonnet

Berthe Morisot: The First Lady of Impressionism
by Margaret Shennan

Berthe Morisot
by Kathleen Adler, Tamar Garb

Confessions of an Art Addict: A Memoir
by Peggy Guggenheim, et al
Listed under Art Collecting

by John Elderfield
Hardcover from Harry N Abrams
Frankenthaler: A Catalogue Raisonne: Prints 1961-1994
Frankenthaler: A Catalogue Raisonne: Prints 1961-1994
by Pegram Harrison, Suzanne Boorsch
Hardcover from Harry N Abrams
Frankenthaler: Works on Paper 1949-1984
Frankenthaler: Works on Paper 1949-1984
by Karen Wilkin, Helen Frankenthaler, International Exhibitions Foundation
Paperback from George Braziller
Great Women Collectors
by Charlotte Gere, Marina Vaizey
Listed under Art Collecting
Jenny Holzer
Jenny Holzer
by Jenny Holzer
Card catalog description: This revised and greatly expanded edition of the book originally published on the occasion of Holzer's celebrated exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1989 is a comprehensive document of the artist's career. A complete collection of the artist's writings, up to and including her 1996 text for a monument in Erlauf, Austria, is accompanied by color photography of the entire range of Holzer's installations and projects.
Paperback from Phaidon Press Inc.
The Venice Installation
by Jenny Holzer
Paperback from Distributed Art Publishers
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by Jenny Holzer, Dia Art Foundation
Paperback from Dia Art Foundation

Mary Cassatt : Painter of Modern Women (World of Art)
by Griselda Pollock, Mary Cassatt
Listed under Mary Cassatt

Mirror, Mirror: Self-Portraits by Women Artists
by Liz Redeal et al.
Book Description: The self-portrait is an artist's most intriguing vehicle for analysis and self-expression. Serving a dual role as both creator and subject, artists are offered unusual freedom; as a result, self-portraits offer special value and high interest for both artists and art lovers. Mirror Mirror explores the role of the self-portrait in the work of 40 women artists from the mid-17th century to today. Filled with gorgeous, full-color reproductions, this unique guide covers a wide range of media-from oil painting to photography, woodcut to ceramic sculpture. Readers will discover the rare work of major painters including Mary Beale, Gwen John, and Dame Barbara Hepworth, as well as portraits by women known primarily for their work in other media, such as photographer Lee Miller and ceramicist Susie Cooper. Each of these wonderful self-portraits appears chronologically and features fascinating biographical details of each artist, as well as inspiring essays from two leading art historians: Whitney Chadwick, who discusses style, technique, and how the artist explored her own identity; and Frances Borzello, who presents the historical background and artistic context of each portrait. Whether you're interested in history, art appreciation, or general women's issues, Mirror Mirror offers a rare look into the work, intrigue, and genius of some of the most creative women artists throughout the centuries.
Paperback: 120 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.41 x 9.46 x 7.94 
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Pubns; (April )
ISBN: 0823030717

Peeling Potatoes, Painting Pictures: Women Artists in Post-Soviet Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. The First Decade
Peeling Potatoes, Painting Pictures: Women Artists in Post-Soviet Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. The First Decade
by Renee Baigell, Matthew Baigell
Paperback from Rutgers University Press
Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Laurie Lisle
Listed under Georgia O'Keeffe

Painting Professionals: Women Artists and the Development of Modern American Art, 1870-1930 gd
by Kirsten Swinth
Book Description: Thousands of women pursued artistic careers in the United States during the late nineteenth century. According to census figures, the number of women among the ranks of professional artists rose from 10 percent to nearly 50 percent between 1870 and 1890. Examining the effects of this change, Kirsten Swinth explores how women's growing presence in the American art world transformed both its institutions and its ideology.
Paperback: 305 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.80 x 9.22 x 6.30 
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr;
ISBN: 0807849715

In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World
by Paola Gianturco, et al
Hardcover: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.36 x 12.58 x 9.52 
Publisher: Monacelli Pr; (October 19, )
ISBN: 1580930689

Julia Margaret Cameron's Women
by Sylvia Wolf, et al
Julia Margaret Cameron's women are, in a word, lovely. The 19th-century photographer was best known in her lifetime for her portraits of such major figures of the era as Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Alfred Tennyson--many of whom were her friends and neighbors on England's Isle of Wight. But her rich images of women, which convey a wide range of real emotion and experience rarely openly expressed during the Victoria era, are arguably her strongest, most important works. Taking themes from the Bible, mythology, literature, and Renaissance painting, Cameron modeled the women around her--friends, servants, relatives--as Ophelia, Juliet, Queen Esther, Rachel, A Bacchante, Guinevere, and Mary, among others. Julia Jackson, the photographer's niece and future mother of Virginia Woolf, was Cameron's favorite model--and the one woman Cameron always cast as herself, titling one 1867 image My Favorite Picture of All My Works. My Niece Julia. Cameron's softly lit, unsmiling women with unpinned hair are full of sensuality, longing, sadness, and beauty. Their powerful emotions fill the dark shadows and diffused backgrounds of their portraits.

The plates for the book were borrowed from collectors around the world and reproduced on creamy, heavy stock that does fair justice to the original albumin prints. As Cameron was less concerned with technical exactitude than the essence of the image, the blurring brought on by a model's movement or insufficient light is faithfully maintained, serving to heighten the mystery and allure of the images. Three essays by noted art historians place Cameron and her work in historical and social context. And appendices offering biographical data on the models and a reproduction of Cameron's original price catalog are a substantive complement to the photographs. Julia Margaret Cameron's Women is an excellent example of an expertly conceived and beautifully executed artist monograph. --Jordana Moskowitz -
Hardcover: 216 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 12.85 x 9.78 
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; (December )
ISBN: 0300077815

A Woman's Gaze: Latin American Women Artists
by Marjorie Agosin (Editor)
Book Description: The lives and art of these women are examined at length in essays by well-known critics, including Bruce Williams, Whitney Chadwick and Chelsea Miller Goin. As Marjorie Agosin notes in her introduction, the work of these women "constitute one of the most extraordinary legacies of Latin America."
Paperback: 264 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 9.26 x 6.25 
Publisher: White Pine Pr;
ISBN: 1877727857

Art and Feminism
by Helena Reckitt (Editor), Peggy Phelan
No question about it, Art and Feminism is the basic reference book for feminist art. Part of Phaidon's excellent Themes and Movements series, it surveys three decades of a tumultuous history with a brief but inclusive essay, reproductions of works by 155 artists, and lengthy excerpts from groundbreaking texts by artists and theorists. The challenge posed by a movement that spans several artistic generations and includes many contentious players is ably met by essayist Peggy Phelan, professor of performance studies at New York University. She illuminates the intertwined workings of feminist politics and literary criticism, psychoanalysis, race and queer theory with clarity and a refreshing absence of doctrinaire pronouncements.

The illustrations are organized chronologically under sometimes quirky headings, beginning with "Too Much" (late-'60s performance pieces by such pioneering figures as Carolee Schneemann, Miriam Schapiro, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, and Yayoi Kusama). The final section, "Femmes de Siècle," contains work from the '90s by Coco Fusco, Kara Walker, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Saville, and others exploring "collective memories ... and traumas." Essays range from the raw invective of Valerie Solanas's "Scum Manifesto" (1967) to the reasoned arguments of Adrian Piper's "The Triple Negation of Colored Women Artists" (1990). While some may argue that the book could be more inclusive--it deals overwhelmingly with women artists who exhibit in major Western cultural centers--it offers an unparalleled breadth of reference. Irked by the perfect bodies of many feminist artists who use nudity in their work, I was struck by the poignancy and honesty of Hannah Wilke--a glamorous figure in '70s and '80s performance art--who chose to memorialize her bald, bloated self in photographs months before her untimely death from cancer in 1993. --Cathy Curtis -
Hardcover: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.38 x 11.70 x 10.19 
Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc.;
ISBN: 0714835293

Carr, O'Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own
by Sharyn Rohlfsen Udall
Hardcover: 384 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.21 x 11.36 x 7.43 
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; (December )
ISBN: 0300079583

The Red Rose Girls : An Uncommon Story of Art and Love
by Alice A. Carter
Traces the lives of three talented artists: Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley. After studying together under the sympathetic guidance of Howard Pyle in Philadelphia, the three (all youngest siblings) decided that they could work best away from the distractions of the city. In 1900, they established their home and studios in a rambling country house called the Red Rose Inn, leading Pyle to dub them the "Red Rose Girls."
Hardcover - 216 pages (March 15, )
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810944375

Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism and the Art of Hesse, Krasner, and O'Keeffe
by Anne Middleton Wagner
Paperback: 365 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.13 x 10.00 x 7.00 
Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (March )
ISBN: 0520214331

Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and the Histories of Art
by Griselda Pollock
Book Description: Chapters on the structures of art historical writing are complemented by studies of Elizabeth Siddall, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, which deal with themes of modernity, sexuality and repression.
Paperback: 239 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 9.16 x 6.15 
Publisher: Methuen Drama; ; (September 1988)
ISBN: 0415007224 

Passion by Design: The Art and Times of Tamara De Lempicka
by Baroness Kizette De Lempicka-Foxhall, Charles Phillips
Listed under Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara De Lempicka: Catalogue Raisonne 1921-1979
Listed under Tamara de Lempicka

Originals: American Women Artists
by Eleanor Munro
Paperback: 528 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.38 x 8.98 x 5.89 
Publisher: DaCapo Press; (April 4, )
ISBN: 0306809559

A Shaker Sister's Drawings : Wild Plants Illustrated by Cora Helena Sarle
by Cora Helena Sarle, et al
Listed under Botanical Illustration

Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold's French Collection and Other Story Quilts
by Faith Ringgold (Editor), et al
Listed under Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold Calendar: African-American Artist
Listed under Crafts Calendars

Rookwood and the Industry of Art: Women, Culture, and Commerce, 1880 1913
by Nancy Elizabeth Owen
Listed under Rookwood Pottery

Women Artists: Works from the National Museum of Women in the Arts
by National Museum of Women in the Arts, Nancy G. Heller
Book Description: Written by best-selling author and art historian Nancy Heller and featuring the most noteworthy artists and works of the country's preeminent women's art museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., Women Artists is the definitive volume on the history of women in art. Spanning over 500 years, from the Renaissance through the present, this beautifully designed volume features portraits, biographical backgrounds, and discussions of the work of eighty-six artists, exploring their art within the historical context in which it was created. End notes and a complete listing of the museum's 2,600 holdings are included as well, making this book the most dynamic and authoritative volume on women artists ever published.
Hardcover: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.05 x 12.38 x 9.36 
Publisher: Rizzoli; (November )
ISBN: 0847822907

Women, Art, and Society (World of Art)
by Whitney Chadwick

Women Artists: An Illustrated History
by Nancy G. Heller, Nancy Grubb (Editor)

The Passion of Artemisia
by Susan Vreeland

Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi
by Keith Christiansen, Orazio Gentileschi
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653), one of the few famous women painters of the time, and her father.

Sister Wendy's American Collection
by Toby Eady Associates et al
Listed under Wendy Beckett

Visions : Stories About Women Artists
by Leslie Sills, et al
(School & Library Binding - April 1993)

Wise Women : A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage, and Beauty
by Joyce Tenneson
Book Description: In ancient times, older women were the keepers of primal mysteries and were revered for their special wisdom. For this very special book, Joyce Tenneson traveled throughout America to photograph and interview women ages 65 to l00. What she found was a revelation-women who were vital, energetic, and deeply beautiful, inside and out. The 80 portraits are of women from all walks of life from the famous, such as Sandra Day O'Connor, Julie Harris, and Angela Lansbury, to the ordinary, such as our mothers and grandmothers. Tenneson's compelling and compassionate portraits, accompanied by short poignant statements from these remarkable women about the experience of aging, will help to reawaken us to the power and wisdom of our elders.

Women of Flowers : A Tribute to Victorian Women Illustrators
by Jack Kramer, et al

Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement
by Whitney Chadwick
Listed under Surrealism

Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits
by Frances Borzello
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  • Coe, Sue
  • Chicago, Judy
  • De Kooning, Elaine
  • Delaunay, Sonia
  • Fish, Janet
  • Frankenthaler, Helen
  • Frink, Elisabeth
  • Gentileschi, Artemisia
  • Graves, Nancy

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