The Story of Art without Men: The instant Sunday Times bestseller (Paperback)
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The Story of Art without Men: The instant Sunday Times bestseller (Paperback)

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Published: 29/08/2024
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A paean to many artists as well as various art forms often overlooked or dismissed, this exciting revisionist history of art turns the limelight on women artists' creativity and the way it has shaped and enriched our world.

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2023 Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year

How many women artists do you know? Who makes art history? Did women even work as artists before the twentieth century? And what is the Baroque anyway?

Have your sense of art history overturned, and your eyes opened to many art forms often overlooked or dismissed. From the Cornish coast to Manhattan, Nigeria to Japan, this is the story of art for our times - one with women at its heart, brought together for the first time by the creator of @thegreatwomenartists.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529156096
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 873 g
Dimensions: 199 x 130 x 32 mm


Katy Hessel is a brilliant chronicler of the overlooked. I am so thrilled this book exists as an empowering, enlightening guide to the unforgettable vision of these brilliant artists. Essential reading - Elizabeth Day

An inspiring, beautifully written corrective - Bidisha Mamata, Observer

Will change the history of art... thank God. - Tracey Emin

Excellent, authoritative, exuberant and elegantly written - Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR

I was not aware how hungry I was for this book until I dropped everything and ate it from cover to cover. I was not aware how angry I was that this book did not exist until it existed. It's an urgently needed, un-put-downable, joyful, insightful, glorious, perspective-shifting revision of the Story of Art. - Es Devlin

A book for every aspiring art historian - whatever their sex - '10 best art books of 2022', The Times

A long overdue, revisionist history of art by the brilliant Katy Hessel ... Never stuffy or supercilious, Hessel's book is a revelation and an important first step towards redressing the balance of an art world in which women have been sidelined, stepped over and trampled upon for far too long - Refinery29

An extraordinary achievement that will have a disruptive cultural legacy and help deter­mine the landscape for years to come. - Helena Lee, Harper's Bazaar

Well-researched and enlightening - Daily Express

Unapologetically revisionist - Financial Times

In this astounding, generous book, Katy Hessel has given us such a gift. Her research is profound, scholarly and wide-ranging, her writing authoritative yet accessible. I found so much to surprise and delight in these pages, so many works of art pulsating with life and intelligence, beauty and power. This book is a long-overdue corrective, and Hessel has executed it to perfection, echoing the passion and skill of the very artists she writes about. An astonishing achievement. - Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist

Via chronological chapters focusing on periods of change, Hessel leads the reader back through this story, reinstating the countless women whose contributions were missed. - RA Magazine

Vital... has firmly cracked open the canon - Chloë Ashby, author of WET PAINT, Spectator

A spirited, inspiring, brilliantly illustrated history of female artistic endeavour... The Story of Art WithoutMen should be on the reading list of every A-level and university art history course and on the front table of every museum and gallery shop. - Laura Freeman, The Times

A magnificent read and a beautiful book - David Walliams

Exhilarating ... a dazzling array marshalled by a talented young art historian who grinds her axe sharply and with skill ... [Hessel's] scholarship, enthusiasm and humour make this lavish book a must for any woman who loves art - Daily Mail

An illuminating celebration of female artists and their often overlooked place in history - Stylist

Passionate, enthusiastic and witty... I wish I had had this book as a teenager - The i

A touchpoint for a new generation who will go on to define the future of those exhibitions, collections, and auctions - Dazed Digital

This eye-opening read is an overdue revisionist history of art - ignoring the pale, male canon to celebrate female artists who have been overlooked for centuries - Best non-fiction books of 2022, iPaper

The early centuries are thin simply due to the paucity of surviving work by talented women painters but her story becomes fuller and more persuasive the closer it gets to today. Hessel is clear-sighted and impartial enough not to over-claim for her subjects but show that they are full of interest and every bit as worthy of attention as their male peers. - Michael Prodger, New Statesmen

Katy Hessel's first book The Story of Art without Men is a necessary and urgent book. A truly empowering title, the volume celebrates the rise of women artists and recentres them within art, political and social history. Many of these artists have been presented at Serpentine and their visions are getting the visibility they deserve through the fantastic visuals and Katy's thorough research - Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine

When women are literally written out of history, Hessel conveys how radical, powerful and vulnerable their lives and art were - and still are. Through moments of rage and celebration, this story fundamentally centres creative freedom: the stifling of it, and the lengths endured to claim it. - Tiarney Miekus, The Sydney Morning Herald

This passionate and personal telling of what has been an invisible history will bring revelation to anyone entering the world of art and its histories. - Iwona Blazwick, Director, The Whitechapel Gallery

Although women have always made art, for far too long, art history has been told as the story of male achievement. Katy Hessel's The Story of Art without Men is a brilliantly readable and lively corrective. Outraged and celebratory, it's chock-full of female trail-blazers - from the Renaissance until the present day - who forged their way, despite facing the kind of hurdles that would stump most mortals - Jennifer Higgie, author of The Mirror and the Palette

Compiled with zip and wit, even the informed reader will learn something new on every page - we really cannot recommend it enough - The Fence

This eye-opening read is an overdue revisionist history of art - ignoring the pale, male canon to celebrate female artists who have been overlooked for centuries - The best non-fiction books of 2022, i paper

A sumptuously illustrated history... at once broad in scope and meticulously researched - Breeze Barrington, TLS

This book has blown my mind. Really passionately recommend - India Knight, Sunday Times

An extraordinary eye-opener, and very readable ... we badly need books like Hessel's - Evening Standard

Hessel's beautifully written 500-year survey is a welcome, necessary, addition to the bookshelves - Claire Armitstead, Guardian

Highly readable and lavishly illustrated... a rich storehouse of groundbreaking female art - Liz Hodgkinson, The Lady

Astonishing - Bella Mackie

This book changes everything. As soon as you open it, it's like you've opened a box of lit fireworks - out soars great artist after great artist. Her retake on the canon has changed it forever - Ali Smith, Observer

Hessel possesses that rare quality of a public intellectual, whereby she can distill vast amounts of knowledge and history into something accessible, relevant and joyful - Pandora Sykes

Extraordinary - L.A. Times

This instant best-seller is a feminist, revisionary history of art by the inimitable Katy Hessel. An essential first step in re-conceptualising the artistic canon by putting the historically sidelined sex at the forefront, this brilliant text makes a fantastic gift - The Standard

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“Painting women back in to the art history picture.”

This is a glorious tome that I breezed through over the course of a few evenings. Hessel has written an engaging and thorough book about female artists through the centuries and the art movements they were a... More

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“"The Gaps Have Finally Been Filled"”

Some of us have been waiting a long time for this book .When asked the question who is your favourite artist it's rare to hear a female name in reply. We know a handful of women artist by name Frida Kahlo,... More

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“Gem of a book!”

Everyone needs to read this book it’s amazing! I took it with me on holiday and read a few chapters everyday. Seems like a strange holiday read but it was so interesting and I was engrossed throughout. I’m not an art... More

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