- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452152365
- ISBN-13: 978-1452152363
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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Meet some of the artists in Broad Strokes:
"Often I'll be surprised at even what I could think, self-righteous goody-two-shoes that I am."
- Kara Walker
"Whenever there was a free moment, I would sit down and do some work. Sculpture is like farming. If you just keep at it, you can get quite a lot done."
- Ruth Asawa
"I want to go back to my eighth grade dream of being an artist. Because if I don’t do it now, then when will I??? Why delay the truth in your heart?"
- Susan O' Malley, age 24
From the Introduction
At a cocktail party not long ago, a friend asked what I was working on. I’m writing about artists I love, I said happily.
'Which artists?' She asked, grinning and sipping her cocktail. I imagine she pictured a fierce Mission muralist or half-naked performance artist.
I got no further than a single word - Baroque - when she lowered her drink. 'The worst class I took in college was art history,' she said. 'So. Boring.'
'Maybe you had the wrong teacher,' I said, about to add a titillating art historical tidbit when she caught sight of something more interesting over my shoulder and moved on.
It strikes me that we might need a little caveat here before getting started. Can we agree at the outset to lay down our qualms about Ye Olde Arte Hystore at the door of this book? Put them down. Walk away. Let us agree that together we shall fear no corsets, nor nursing saviors, nor men in top hats and cravats, nor vast expanses of peachy dimpled thighs.
Let us withhold judgment until we know more.
“Can you name five women artists? That question, which launched a recent social media campaign, receives a beautiful answer in art historian Quinn and illustrator/writer Congdon’s accessible and intimate tour of 15 female artists from the 17th century to the present.” —Library Journal
“A terrific essay collection with quick and pithy profiles of famous and not-famous women artists—Alice Neel, Louise Bourgeois, Lee Krasner, Kara Walker, etc. Spunky, attitudinal, SMART writing, excellent color reproductions.” —Susan Stamberg, NPR
“As its title suggests, Broad Strokes isn’t stuffy. There’s plenty of scholarship here about women artists over the centuries, but Quinn combines her research with a lively, breezy tone that turns her subjects into more than feminist symbols. They’re masters in their own right, bold and brilliant despite the limits they faced.” —Christian Science Monitor
Named a Top 10 Spring 2017 Book in Memoirs/Biographies by Publishers Weekly
“Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” —O, the Oprah Magazine
“In her entertaining and accessible debut, Quinn mixes biography, art history, and women’s studies to shed light on 15 women artists.… The color reproductions add to this book’s appeal, giving readers a chance to appreciate the artists’ work as well as Quinn’s upbeat writing.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Bridget Quinn is a writer, art history scholar and educator. She lives in San Francisco where she's a contributor and advisory board member for Narrative Magazine and a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.
Lisa Congdon is a Portland, Oregon–based artist and author.
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Top customer reviews
I enjoyed the introductory paintings of each of the fifteen artists profiled. The brief historical settings set the stage for each star artist beautifully. Then the reader is rewarded with an intimate dance.
The passioned illumination of these 15 artists provides a profound impact on correcting art history and for that I have a new awareness and am most grateful. Thank you, Bridget Quinn, Lisa Congdon and Chronicle Books!!!!!!
I was especially struck by how Quinn foregrounds the motherhood journey of all of these artists, noting that almost all of them suffered the untimely loss of their own mothers, died themselves on the precipice of motherhood (Paula Modersohn-Becker and Susan O’Malley), or managed to keep making art despite houses full of children (Judith Leyster, Ruth Asawa). What art historian does that? Goes digging for the names of the children of a French Revolution-era portrait painter (one of whom tragically died), wonders and muses about what it is like to go on creating art in a roomful of children, or how a mom with 5 kids might make time in 17th century Holland to paint a stunning still life of a single tulip? She’s breaking new ground here herself with an inquisitive, empathic mode of art historical inquiry. Quinn’s own position as a wife and mother balancing her creative time with nurturing time helps us understand the epic struggle of these women artists as they boldly expressed their passions.
I also love how Quinn turns the erudite into the approachable. She refers to the Greek sculpture Laocoon and then urges the reader: Google it!
Much to love here, and a manageable amount of images that stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.
It's not only a feast for the eyes. The always stirring, sometimes stunning, artwork aside, I appreciated how the author weaves the personal and political throughout this rich read. It's an intriguing braid of memoir, biography and history of women's art.
"Art can be dangerous." I did not expect to feel so deeply throughout this read and visual experience. It's impossible not to rage against the (mis)treatment of these women artists (and women overall down through history and right up to the present day)--rape, torture, internment, abuse, disregard. It is inspiring and instructive that these women channeled all that violence, heartache and rage into making great art. More, they put all their love, spirituality and passion into their work, too. They resisted. They persisted. They triumphed.
Alice Neel. Lee Krasner. Louise Bourgeois. Ruth Asawa. Susan O'Malley, and more. Thank you, Bridget Quinn, for returning these women front and center, where they belong. Thanks, also, for reminding us that we can be all that, too.