This Season's Best Art Books

By Martin Coomer, Freire Barnes, Peter Yeung

November 28, 2013

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 Mika Rottenberg, still from 'Cheese' 2007, © the artist

Mika Rottenberg, still from 'Cheese' 2007, © the artist

With a title that sounds like a revenge flick and a cover image of a woman brandishing a pole, this follow up to ‘After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art’ is certainly attention-grabbing, but don’t be deterred. This manageable tome focuses on 25 international women artists, including Mika Rottenberg, Nathalie Djurberg, Pipilotti Rist, Klara Liden, Andrea Zittel, Teresa Margolles and Kara Walker, whose work is cleverly grouped into chapters ‘Bad Girls’, ‘Spellbound’, ‘Domestic Disturbances’ and ‘History Lessons’, each written by a female writer. There’s no strident agenda here, no call to burn your bra or march topless through the city streets to support the cause, just tonnes of thought provoking and purposeful art.