Katy Hessel’s book, The History of Art without Men, is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to explore the incredible legacy of female art around the world. Through a combination of original research and impeccable curation, Hessel dives deep into the archives of art to uncover long-overlooked female innovators spanning centuries and continents. She fills each section with fascinating stories, providing context and shedding light on the countless female visionaries whose excellence has long been relegated to the shadows of patriarchy. The Great Women Artists is guaranteed to captivate and inspire.
Contemporary art criticism is a notoriously difficult field to navigate. Coming up with an informed assessment of the latest exhibitions and artists requires intuition, vision, and a deep knowledge of art history. Jerry Saltz succeeds at this, whether in his regular articles for New York magazine or for his audience on Instagram and Twitter. This book collects Saltz’s critiques from 1999 to 2021, discussing artists like Kara Walker and Chris Ofili and looking at landmark moments like Kehinde Wiley’s portraits of the Obamas. His observations are profound, far from conventional, and unafraid to share his personal perspective – a must-read for any fan or follower of the contemporary art world.