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Kate Gilmore performance, courtesy of the artist.

Kate Gilmore performance, courtesy of the artist.

The authors of After the Revolution return with an incisive study of the work of contemporary women artists.

In After the Revolution, the authors concluded that "The battles may not all have been won . . . but barricades are gradually coming down, and work proceeds on all fronts in glorious profusion." Now, with The Reckoning, authors Heartney, Posner, Princenthal, and Scott bring into focus the accomplishments of 24 acclaimed international women artists born since 1960 who have benefited from the groundbreaking efforts of their predecessors. The book is organized in four thematic sections: "Bad Girls" profiles artists whose work represents an assault on conventional notions of gender and racial difference. "History Lessons" offers reflections on the self in the context of history and globalization. "Spellbound" focuses on women’s embrace of the irrational, subjective, and surreal, while "Domestic Disturbances" takes on women's conflicted relationship to home, family, and security. Written in lively prose and fully illustrated throughout, this book gives an informed account of the wonderful diversity of recent contemporary art by women.

"Feminism’s success as a cultural force can be measured in the ways that artists—men and women—have embraced, challenged and renegotiated its assumptions. In a brilliant and beautifully illustrated study the four authors of The Reckoning explore the ways that women artists born after 1990 are shaping visual culture worldwide. Elegant, moving and jargon-free, their account focuses on the artist as an active, empowered, critical subject whose works have the power to move, excite and provoke…. An indispensable contribution to the literature on contemporary art by women." (Whitney Chadwick, author of Women, Art and Society)

"In the 2007 book After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art, [the authors] set a new standard in documenting and evaluating the work of a dozen key women artists, spanning generations between the 1960s to the 2000s. . . The beat goes on with the appearance of The Reckoning, written by the same authors in the same accessible scholarly style, but reflecting important historical changes over the past decade and more. In line with the increased presence of women in mainstream art, the book includes twice as many artists as its predecessor. And its global reach has expanded vastly, stretching from Europe and the Americas to Africa and China." (Holland Cotter, The New York Times)