The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

by Guerrilla Girls


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140259971
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 241,930
Product dimensions: 7.87(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The Guerrilla Girls are a collective of female artists and art-world professionals. Their largest contingent is in New York City, but they have been sighted all over the United States, Europe, and wherever truth, justice, and the American way of discrimination still prevail.

Table of Contents


1 Classi Babes
2 Hot Flashes from the Middle Ages
3 The Renaissance: Lives of the Girl Artists
4 The 17th and 18th Centuries: Engendered Species
5 The 19th Century: Girls Going Places
6 The 20th Century: Women of the “Isms”

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The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ironicqueery on LibraryThing 4 days ago
The Guerilla Girls' present a quick overview of the omitted art history of female artists. The Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art performs as stated - each page is an easily digested tidbit of information about women's roles in art and the lives they lead. Most articles are confined to two pages and include examples of the artwork and pictures of the artists. In-depth information won't be found in this book, other than the additional resources list provided at the back of the book. However, this book serves as an excellent ancillary to any traditional art history book that vastly under-represents female artists. For anyone wanting an entertaining, yet informative, graphic-intensive overview of the women left out of art history books, this is a great starting point.
TurtleBoy on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book offers a whirlwind tour of the roles played (or not played) by women throughout the history of art in the "Western World," from the age of the Greek city-state to the end of the twentieth century. Tackling taboos century by century, the book's anonymous authors explode sexist myths as they cast light on the achievements of many of the underrated, underreported, damned-near invisible female artists who've labored mightily over the past few millennia to make marks on the male-dominated world of fine art. The book is a response to the chauvinistic "canonical" texts on art history and analysis that virtually exclude from their pages any mention of women artists and their accomplishments.I appreciate the theme of this book, and its reason for being. The authors' voice offers the timbre needed to fill out the art world's oratorio. I've definitely learned from reading it, and have been left with a longing to learn more.That said, the book is laid out like a modern middle school textbook, replete with eye-catching graphics, boxed trivial tidbits on the margins, whimsical fonts and photo montages. All of this offers ample opportunity for distraction. The medium reinforces the fact that the book's authors spend no more than two pages on any single artist, painting the merest outline of each. Many of these character sketches read like quickly-researched essays written by attention-deficit high schoolers, and do little justice to the artists they treat. Thankfully the book ends with an extensive list of texts for further reading.In summary, the book was an eye-opener, and worth reading, but not exceedingly well-done, and mercifully short.
Racey More than 1 year ago
The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside companion to the History of Western Art is a fun read for art history lovers. With biting wit and humor this book gives a brief history of women in art, challenges they faced (and still face today), and the roles of women from classical times through the present time. The book itself is a visual treasure, with graphics that draw you in immediately. The text, which is simultaneously informative and humorous, keeps you lauging with it's modern presentation. With the cartoons, and the collages, you'll be constantly entertained while simultaneously being outraged by outdated, demeaning quotes about women from well-known men. You'll learns a lot about some female artists that have been ignored in your art history classes and gain a new depth of knowledge that goes beyond the commonly accepted masters of art.
The book succeeds as an extension of the Guerrilla Girls performance art, but gives a very feminist point of view that is more than biased and slightly questionable in it's presentation of facts.It's great for its to the point presentation of fact and stories,while retaining it's academic nature, perfect for those with a short attention span.
For me this book brought up many questions that hopefully more people will begin to ask and look into why most of the nudes in museums are women, while so few artists in museums are of that same gender.
Guest More than 1 year ago
an awesome eye opening experence. you ladies rock!