10 Best Art Books of 2013

By Hrag Vartanian

December 23, 2013

www.hyperallergic.com

 photo by the author for Hyperallergic

photo by the author for Hyperallergic

This book by Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott explores the state of female artists today. The premise may be wide and sprawling, but the book is inspiring after you read and understand the different strategies that women have engaged with to make their mark on art. By bringing together very established artists with emerging ones, the book can feel like a mixed bag, but it’s exactly that exchange between history and the future that makes this volume exciting. The charts of female participation in major exhibitions around the world make you realize there’s a still long way to go until we reach gender parity in the art world, but, between you and me, I think books like this will ensure we get there … eventually.