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Madam and Eve

The book Madam and Eve by Liz Rideal and Kathleen Soriano is a selection of female artists in which the authors choose a single piece of their work that would fit into the book’s subtitle Women Portraying Women. Some of you may recognise Kathleen Soriano as one of the judges from Sky Arts Landscape or Portrait Artist of the Year programmes.

This book covers over 200 artists mainly from the late 20th century onwards. It makes sense that the art is from this era as the authors wanted to link the works with the rise of the feminist movement during this time period.

I need to add an authors note at this point, that all the works featured are in the “Western” art category. For artists from other cultures to be included would have made a much bigger book and the authors did not want to do that. However, they have not ruled out a follow up volume to cover the bits of the world that are missing.

It has been curious to me why “Western” art is considered far more superior than other regions. Commanding the highest auction prices and best places in art galleries.

Getting back to the book and I have to say there is a lot to take in. Not just because there are so many artists but the variety of what has been created. There is live performance, moving image, photography, sculpture and paintings. Often the pieces are humorous. Sometimes sad or strange. They maybe abstract or so realistic that it touches a nerve. Always thought provoking.

Some of the artists in the book I have heard of before but there are a lot that I haven’t. Which is an aim of the book. To get lesser known names more well known.

If you are new to this site, I have done reviews of books which showcase the work of female creators. You can read them here and here. I have to admit that this is, so far, the best book I have purchased that collates into one publication the work of women artists.

Madam and Eve published by Laurence King.

All Too Human

I took advantage of the late night opening at Tate Britain tonight to go around the All Too Human exhibition.

Walking around the exhibition I was struck by how the different artists could manage to depict people in their own unique way. So while some were very realistic there were others that were very abstract.

I will have to read the catalogue or the accompanying notes properly as I didn’t fully understand why the collection included still life and landscapes.

All Too Human – Bacon, Freud And A Century Of Painting Life is on until 27 August 2018.

Women Walking

I was browsing in a Waterstones shop and came across the book Women Walking by Karin Sagner.

As a side note, I can’t stress how important physical bookshops are to our knowledge. I am certain that I would not have come across this book from browsing online.

The book is a collection of paintings from the late 18th to the early 20th century which depict women not inside the home environment but out and about in the towns and countryside. So what is so special about this? Well, the point is, that if you look hard enough, there are works of art which do not show women as passive objects.

Even though during this time period there were very few female artists to give an alternative to the male gaze, it is good to see that there was work being created which, as the subtitle of the book suggests, showed the Freedom Adventure Independence of women.

Now that we are in 2018 the question has to be asked: have things improved? Well from this piece on the BBC News website Do ‘dead’ models live on in fashion magazines? we may not have moved on as much as we think we have.

Digging a little deeper, the research by Jennifer Moss is a few years old and you can read the 2017 update here.

For me this is more evidence in how important it is to think very carefully about how I am depicting the women I am photographing for this project.

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