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Women in Abstraction

Women in Abstraction

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A groundbreaking study of the women of abstract art and their works, presented as a richly illustrated visual history.


Women in Abstraction rethinks work by female abstract artists, rewriting the narrative of modern and contemporary art. This volume, a companion to the Centre Pompidou exhibition, features over 100 artists in painting, sculpture, dance, applied arts, photography, film, and performing arts. Editors Christine Macel and Karolina Lewandowska explore the crucial role of women in abstract art in the 20th century, looking at their political and personal contexts. Essays from established experts examine the movement's subjects and themes, from Hilma af Klint's symbolist abstraction--now seen as the pioneering effort--to Huguette Caland's sensual work and Verena Loewensberg's non-objective approach.


This volume questions the legitimacy of the notion of “female artists” and presents this group as simply artists, full of complexities and paradoxes.

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