The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art review ´ 100

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The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art review ´ 100 º Take a romp through the last two thousand years of Western Art with the Guerrilla Girls as your guides and find out the real who what when and why of art history Who put all those naked men in the classical section ofTake a romp through the last two thousand years of Western Art with the Guerrilla Girls as your guides and find out the real who what when and why of art history Who put all those naked men in the classical section of museums What were the do's an. I have a degree in Art History and the majority of this was new to me Something needs to change with our educational system The hours and hours I have spent learning about the white male version of art history is SUPER upsetting Thank you to the Guerrilla Girls for getting the word out This book is a super easy read with lots of hilarious uotes and first hand accounts You should definitely read this if you have ever wanted to know about women artists and art in general

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D don'ts for female artists as civilization marched across Europe Why did nuns have fun in medieval times This wisecracking but cleverly wise story of art is guaranteed to turn history on its head and maybe a few historians too Sprinkled throughou. Love the work of the Guerrilla Girls and love women's art and could not wait to get this book Although romp is the phrase used on the cover I was hoping for depth and analysis of women's art and the lives of women artists There are also some major artists missing a copyright issue perhaps Diane Arbus Francesca Woodman May Stevens Sister Corita Kent Dorothea Lange Martha Swope Judy Chicago Alice Neel Mary Ellen Mark Yoko Ono not to mention illustrators like Jessie Wilcox Smith and all the Red Rose Girls etc etc etc Fair or not I was expecting celebration of women's art and lives but the emphasis here is on how women have been exploited or fallen short of the male model of achievement Which is true we are under represented in the canon and the museums but women have endured and made some really great art and in many instances they've made it on their own terms I'd love to see that part of the story in this book or the next book the Guerrilla Girls write Also troubling is a tendency to dismiss traditional female subject matter ie Cassatt painting domestic scenes Yes it's true that women should not be pigeon holed and Cassatt's non traditional subjects should be renowned At the same time a work that conveys some aspect of female experience ie Les Dernier Jours d'enfance by Cecelia Beaux for instance is profoundly moving and insightful and given the realities facing a 19th century woman artist a triumph over tremendous odds I wish that kind of work was examined and celebrated here and I hope the Guerrilla Girls will have an opportunity to write a extended history Another great idea would be to onsider the relationship of visual art to other art forms look at how Woolf for instance handles the balance of art vs domestic life in To the Lighthouse she respects both eually or consider Olsen's Silences or Rich's Of Woman Born and consider how they relate to this work I was excited to share this book with my daughter and now I'm wondering if I should consider a big book of feminist art instead The lively comic approach seems ideal for kids but the message is victim focused than I hoped Dear Guerrilla Girls please write a seuel

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The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western ArtT are believe it or not uotations from so called experts; useful facts consider how many prostitutes and how few suffragettes were painted in the nineteenth century; and reproductions of famous art works enhanced for historical accuracy and reveng. Disclaimer I had to read this book because I was running a book club on it It is not something I would have picked up on my own The cover alone is jarring and while I get the rationale behind it and the entire movement I hate hate hate that they defaced the art in the book How can I appreciate it if it has a giant gorilla head pasted on itThe reason for the book is to help people learn about the female side of Western Art's history And it does that There are hundreds of names here of people I promise you've never heard of But that's the problem There's lots of little blips with no real information I'd have loved to read an entire chapter on Rodin's lover who was probably a better artist than he was Instead I got a blurbSo yes lots of meat no real substance This is the book version of chinese food