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American Women in the Visual Arts, Second Edition
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  • Authored by: Carol Kort and Liz Sonneborn
  • From the Series: A to Z of Women
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  • ISBN-10: 1438150067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-5006-2
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 12/01/2015
  • Dewey Number: 704.042
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up


Praise for the previous edition:

"Recommended for undergraduate libraries and public libraries with an interest in the arts and/or women's studies."—Library Journal 

"Because so little attention is paid to women in the visual arts, this will be a very welcome addition for women's studies, as well as research on artists...The articles are written in a very relaxed manner and provide a sense of the individual."—Reference Reviews on www.gale.com 

"...a well-written reference tool that gives a good deal of information...high-school, public, and academic libraries that wish to expand their coverage of American women artists in the visual arts will find this a useful addition."—Booklist 

"The scope of this work is unique, including, besides traditional genres, the likes of earth art, installation art, and body art...This book offers novices a good overview of American women artists in a wide variety of media...Recommended for smaller undergraduate art collections, women's studies programs, and public libraries."—Choice 

"This handy, well-written volume takes a close look at the lives and accomplishments of more than one hundred talented and versatile artists whose masterful works have made indelible imprints on today's culture...[an] excellent resource...an educational must-have for young adult libraries that is also fascinating reading for art lovers in general."—VOYA 

"This book is a logical addition for a school library that addresses American art. Recommended."—The Book Report

"...will make a useful addition to reference collections in secondary school, public, and academic libraries."—American Reference Books Annual 

"...spirited..."—College and Research Libraries

Throughout the nation's history, women in the U.S. have played a role in the creation of art in all media, from the painting and sculpture of yesteryear to the photography and computer-generated art of today. Many of them faced numerous obstacles along the way to greatness—familial responsibilities, limited access to education and training—but managed not only to reach success, but to open the door a little wider for more women to follow them.

A to Z of American Women in the Visual Arts, Second Edition is an informative reference work that covers American women in the world of the visual arts from the eighteenth century to the present day. In addition to being regionally, chronologically, and culturally inclusive, the volume reflects a broad definition of visual arts, including photographers, architects, illustrators, craftspeople, and folk artists as well as painters and sculptors. This A-to-Z reference also traces the history of American women in the visual arts from its early origins as a creative and expressive outlet to its contemporary role in defining political and social agendas.

More than 130 new and updated essays not only include basic biographical information but also emphasize the artistic achievements and contributions of these women. A bibliography directs the reader to sources for further information, making this reference a valuable addition to any art history, women's studies, or general collection.

Profiles include:

  • Mary Cassatt: painter, printmaker
  • Georgia O'Keeffe: painter
  • Dorothea Lange: documentary photographer
  • Berenice Abbott: photographer
  • Louise Nevelson: sculptor
  • Berta Margoulies: sculptor
  • Lee Krasner: painter
  • Elaine De Kooning: painter
  • Judy Chicago: mixed-media artist
  • Jennifer Bartlett: painter, muralist, printmaker
  • Maya Lin: architect, sculptor.



About the Author(s)

Carol Kort holds a B.A. in comparative literature from New York University and has also studied at Washington University and the Sorbonne in Paris. She is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Education Life magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Herald magazine, and national magazines such as Working Mother and Vegetarian Times. She has also written two weekly columns for the Boston Herald and a book of profiles for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Liz Sonneborn has written numerous books for children, young adults, and adults. Her works for Facts On File and Chelsea House include The End of Apartheid in South Africa; The California Gold Rush; A to Z of American Indian Women; The Great Black Migrations; and The Ancient Kushites, which the African Studies Association's Children's Africana Book Awards named an Honor Book for Older Readers in 2006.

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