25 Women: Essays on Their Art

25 Women: Essays on Their Art
Library Shelf Location 06.WOME
Publication Date 2016

Dave Hickey is former executive editor of Art in America and the author of The Invisible Dragon: Essays on Beauty and Air Guitar. He has served as a contributing editor for the Village Voice and as the arts editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


The book collects Hickey's best and most important writing about female artists from the past twenty years. But this is far more than a compilation: Hickey has revised each essay, bringing them up to date and drawing out common themes. Written in Hickey's trademark style-accessible, witty, and powerfully illuminating-25 Women analyzes the work of Joan Mitchell, Bridget Riley, Fiona Rae, Lynda Benglis, Karen Carson, and many others. Hickey discusses their work as work, bringing politics and gender into the discussion only where it seems warranted by the art itself. The resulting book is not only a deep engagement with some of the most influential and innovative contemporary artists, but also a reflection on the life and role of the critic: the decisions, judgments, politics, and ethics that critics negotiate throughout their careers in the art world. 

A ladies' man : introduction -- Alexis Smith : my pal Alex -- Joan Mitchell : epigrammata -- Lynda Benglis : fire on the water -- Vija Celmins : the path itself -- Pia Fries : the remains of today -- Fiona Banner : the beauty of our weapons -- Sarah Charlesworth : embracing the beast -- Mary Heilmann : surfing on acid -- Jennifer Steinkamp : breathing in the world -- Michelle Fierro : beauty marks -- Bridget Riley : not knowing -- Bridget Riley II : for Americans -- Elizabeth Murray : dancing in the dark -- Karen Carson : sophisticate -- Ann Hamilton : thinking things through -- Vanessa Beecroft : painted ladies -- Roni Horn : she resembles herself -- Fiona Rae : good after the good is gone -- Barbara Bloom : Barbara blooms -- Sharon Ellis : modest ecstasy -- Hung Liu : the polity of immigrants -- Teresita Fernández : tropical scholarship -- Nancy Rubins : the rapture and the tsunami -- Elizabeth Peyton : at the prince's chateau.

ISBN 9780226333151
Quantity 1
Pages 192P; 18.4 x 2.3 x 22.2 cm
Author Dave Hickey
Format Hardback
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Related Artists Alexis Smith, Joan Mitchell, Lynda Benglis, Vija Celmins, Pia Fries, Fiona Banner, Sarah Charlesworth, Mary Heilmann, Jennifer Steinkamp, Michelle Fierro, Bridget Riley, Elizabeth Murray, Karen Carson, Ann Hamilton, Vanessa Beecroft, Roni Horn, Fiona Rae, Barbara Bloom, Sharon Ellis, Hung Liu, Teresita Fernandez, Nancy Rubins, Eizabeth Peyton
Category Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists
Keywords Women, Feminism, Artistic process, art history
Language English

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