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Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World

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Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists--from the 11th century to today--from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science.

A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Art highlights the achievements and stories of 50 notable women in the arts--from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe, to lesser-known names
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Ten Speed Press
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Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, children-s-books
This hardback book is a rich blend of colours and imagery. It's lovely to look at but also read.

I knew of 2 of the female artists by name but the rest were new to me, the writing style is easy and clear. I love the fact that the mediums used by the women identified were so varied, emphasising that everything is art. The book is informative but in a fun way.

There are also some additional pages that provide broader info on art like which colours blended produce which colours etc.

A gem for adults
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I swear that, in another life, I was an art historian. During my undergraduate years, I only took one art history course (*cries*), but I loved it. In that course, I learned how to read visual images, how to think about them, how to write about them, how to place them in conversation with larger cultural, social, literary, and legal histories. This isn't hyperbole (although it will most definitely read as such), but a *good* introduction to art and art history can really change your life for the ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got this as a Christmas gift from my sweet neighbor! it's also the only Christmas gift I've ever gotten so 🥺💕 ...more
Kristi Thielen
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I received this delightful book as a gift and reading it was an inspirational experience. It is filled with great information about women artists, many of whom have not received the recognition due to them, beginning with Christine De Pizan, who was an author and the art director of Illuminated manuscripts in the Middle Ages, and on through time to Maya Lin, the architect and designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Many of the women faced similar obstacles: family members who disapproved of w
I am standing in a wider threshold of knowledge due to this lovely book. Miss Ignotofsky has accomplished greatness in her own right just by celebrating the legends. Each rendering proved true to each woman's beauty but still conveyed Rachel's interpretation. A question arose for me: I wonder if Erykah Badu has been influenced by Chakaia Booker? I am disheartened that Sokari Douglas Camp has been ignored by her tribesmen but receives acknowledgment by Britain. My heart feels receptive to reading ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed learning about so many women who didn't let anything stop them from succeeding. I would read one to two artist each day while having breakfast. I would follow up looking at their art online. I plan to read her book on scientists and athletes too. ...more
Beatriz Felice Maschetto De Sa
This book was amazing. Like, amazing.
On every left page, there were some fun facts about the artist. On every right page, there was a history of the artist with only the most important parts of her life.
I seemed to only recognize Frida Kahlo and Beatrix Potter.
I think these artists were ordered in a timeline.
I really loved this book because it shows females following their passion, instead of living a dull life they don't want.
Emmaline Hirschten
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot and I loved the illustrations!
Becky B
Ignotofsky highlights 50 women artists from all across time and all over the world with a page of illustration and a page of information for each.

Between the research and the 2 full page illustrations she does for each person (even the text page is covered in illustrations), I have no idea how long these books must take Ignotofsky. I also don't envy her deciding who to include and who to leave out. (My guess is that the ones she really wanted to include but didn't make the cut are the ones on t
Jordan patrick
I recently read this book in a book club at school, and honestly, it was one of the most empowering books I have ever read. In the past when I thought about artists, my mind would take me to Vincent Van Gogh and Michaelangelo. I hardly knew any female artists other than Frida Kahlo and Beatrix Potter. This book detailed fifty DIFFERENT women who pursued many different art forms and the obstacles they overcame. It was short and sweet, and each woman had just a page or two. However, Rachel Ignotof ...more
I _teach_muggles
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully presented, thoroughly researched and packed full of information; this is a celebration of female artists from around the world.

In ‘Women in Art’, Rachel Ignotofsky tells the stories about the women behind the artwork. From the famous and well-known - Frida Kahlo, Zaha Hadid and Georgia O’Keefe - to the lesser known - Ruth Asawa and Tamara de Lempicka. From the women who had to fight to get their work accepted into society to the women who broke the rules in order to succeed. From tho
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Elyse Simakaski
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky is an empowering and inspiring book about female artists who used their art and platform to speak out about gender and racial issues, as well as sexual orientation issues at the time period they were creating art in. Not only was the book about painters, but all types of artists: sculptors, photographers, architects, and fashion designers. I really liked the setup of this book, and could not i ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, womens-studies
What a treasure this book is! Chock full of illuminating biographies of women and their art, intricate illustrations and fascinating facts, this book brings these artists' masterworks into light, where they deserve to be studied and respected. Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World features both well-known artists (Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Maya Lin) and lesser-known artists who deserve more recognition, which would be all of the artists featured in this book. It would m ...more
Liv Arcuri
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
People say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when choosing a book for my 11th grade book club I did just that. When my AP English teacher told our class we must choose a non- fiction book I knew that I wanted to read about art. Lately, I have been super interested in different artists and different types of art. While looking for different art books the cover on Women in Art stood out to me right away. The art on the front was beautiful and unique and I knew I had to give the book a chance. ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: torchlight-3
This book is gorgeous, filled with artists to know that are typically not covered in the classroom and representative of a diverse array of women. The timeline and other features that help put it into historical perspective are great! It's not, however, feasible for its intended audience.

It's too busy for many readers. There is way too much crammed into each two-page spread, with a huge (beautiful!) illustration of the artist with tiny examples of work, if any. The display of the work is import
Katie Seechock
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recently, I read a “Women in Art” for my book club assignment. Although the book didn’t interest me at first, I am so glad we picked this book because it ended up being such a great, light read. First of all, the book is beautifully illustrated and it’s organized so well. Every page was a different color and included different doodles which made it so interesting. Every few pages there was some sort of visual, like a diagram or chart, that gave some fun facts or quick tips about art in general. ...more
Best things about this book: 1) Beautiful, fun, engaging drawings and page illustrations that add to the text 2) Diverse range of artists in terms of artistic medium as well as artists' place of origin, race, age, etc. 3) Great way to be introduced to many artists that I didn't know about and to learn more about the lives of some I did.
Some things that would have improved it: 1) There were one or two trans/gender nonconforming artists in the book, but I would have liked to see more 2) While the
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting book containing different women artists, sculptors, architects and more. I found this book to highly focus on creative women from the 1800s onwards. I would have loved to see more of the women who had an impact in earlier history. For some women featured, it kind of felt like some important information was left out of their bio. The illustrations were really nice and I liked how their artwork or designs were recreated by Ignotofsky in the accompanying images. I ofte ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
loved the way she laid out the informations! summaries and famous quote of the artist on the left side and the detailed information regarding the artists lives on the right. the illustrations were cute too and inspires me to do my own "women on art: philippines version" as i did not see my country. majority of the women featured were from north and south america, europe, africa, japan, india, vietnam and china for asia which is true as most civilized countries and long standing ones have cultiva ...more
Ignotofsky's series continues to astound and I think at this point I've read each one of her "50" series. But what I like that she added in this one was the basics of color, creativity, and tools artists use in addition to several panels about the inequities between women and men artists in terms of how much art sells for, etc.

But as always, it profiles 50 people (in this case women in art) with their artistic rendering, factoids, and the biography page which makes for a rich dive into a subjec
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Fascinating introduction to fifty of the world's outstanding female artists working in all mediums. Ignotofsky, an author/illustrator, presents historical and current artists. A one-page summary of their life is framed in art and informational text facing a page with an illustration of the subject. The book also contains infographics about the principles of art and design, statistics about women's representation in museums, and tools for beginning artists. I learned about artists I had never hea ...more
Aabha sharma
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, nonfiction
This had a wide selection of artists, architects, sculptors, photographers and even a musician and font designer. Didn’t have Cindy Sherman or Anne Leibovitz but I guess they can’t all be included. Text was great, it invoked curiosity to further look up the artists, which I did by googling the artworks with every page. I wish this book included the actual artworks though because books that talk about art but don’t show it feel incomplete. The book is not without value though. It does have Lots o ...more
Teri Reck
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another beautifully done book by Ignotofsky! It is an inspiration to learn of all these women, many of whom I have never even heard, and their quest to create. It includes women through the ages and in many different genres of visual arts. I love it just as much as her Women in Science. (By the way, these lovely books make great gifts---I bought Women in Science for my daughter who is in the forensic sciences, and I bought this one for my artist daughter who does various forms of graphic and pac ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a cool book with cool art and a wide selection of artists. I especially appreciated the quotes from each artist and the diversity. It also includes a good section of statistics and notes about artistic tools for the new artist. I'd highly recommend as a gift for a growing kid or teen who's passionate about their art and wants to find some diverse role models.

It's not necessarily one to sit down and read straight through without getting overwhelmed, though, and it could do with it's own p
There are one-page summaries of 51 woman in art. On the opposite side is an illustration of each artist with some short quotes and a main quote at the bottom of the page. On pages 34/35 there is randomly a bit of art theory of color and design. On page 58 there are statistics in art. On page 86 there are tools in art. At the end of the book there are 15 more women in art with a paragraph of information under each one. I really enjoyed reading the summaries of each artist. This book is great for ...more
Gabrielle Belisle
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many wonderful artists I had sadly never heard of. My only complaints with this book are that there aren't more early artists from before 1900 (Artemisia Gentileschi and Anna Atkins would have been perfect additions) and that there are no images of the artists' work. I love the illustration style, but a little end note with actual images of the artworks mentioned would have saved me a lot of Googling. ...more
These are always wonderful. In the about the author at the end she says something to the effect of "my goal is to take dense information and make it accessible and fun to learn," and she knocks it out of the park every time imo. Her illustrations are beautiful, the women she chooses are racially and geographically diverse, and non cishet women have their queerness highlighted rather than glossed over as you might find in more typical histories. The Women in X series never disappoints <3 ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, art
Great book. I sort of wish there were more historical women, but I am glad to see more modern ones too. I think the issue I took with this more than the others is that there's very little feel for the artist's style. So I only read this where I could handily google the artists to get a feel for them. Filtering though the Ignotofsky's style is fine for science and sports, but I wish there'd be some handy examples of the artist's original works in a book on artists! ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I look for books that I can leave in the living room for my students to look at whilst waiting for their lesson or their ride home.. and this is PERFECT. Good for all ages--including adults!--layout is catchy, one page, little facts to get a sense of the artist, then a page of more details. Can pick up, flip wherever. I particularly like the added pages of art tools, concepts, PARTICULARLY because on the Art Tools page she includes KNITTING NEEDLES AND YARN.
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Rachel Ignotofsky grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated with honors from Tyler School of Art’s graphic design program in 2011. Now she lives in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri, where she spends all day drawing and learning as much as she can. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible and is dedicated to creating educati ...more

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