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Madam and Eve

Madam and Eve

Women Portraying Women

Laurence King Publishing

By Liz Rideal, By Kathleen Soriano


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This book is about how women artists have depicted women in art over the last 30-40 years. It is not a feminist diatribe but a rich, varied and exciting overview of the many different media and approaches that women have used to create images of themselves and other women that are different from the ways in which male artists perceive and have depicted women in art.

There are six chapters beginning with an "historic" chapter starting in the 1970s which sets the artistic and cultural context for the period that followed up to the present. The remaining chapters cover the themes of life, death, body/self, icons and story.

Each of the 200 women artists is represented by one work of art. There is an international mix of artists, ranging from the well established to the lesser known. The result is a visually stimulating and eloquent book.

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Pages: 292 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: April 2018
ISBN: 9781786271563
Liz Rideal is Reader in the Fine Arts, Slade School of Art and a lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Her artwork has been exhibited widely in Europe and the USA. She is the author of Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, Insights: Self-portraits, and How to Read Paintings: A crash course in meaning and method.

Kathleen Soriano runs her own arts and culture consultancy company. She was Head of Exhibitions and Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Director at Compton Verney, and Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy. She is also a writer, curator and broadcaster.