Linda Nochlin is one of the most accessible, provocative, and innovative art historians of our time. In 1971 she published her essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”, a dramatic feminist call-to-arms that called traditional art historical practices into question and led to a major revision of the discipline.
Linda Nochlin is the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art Emerita at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her major books include 'Courbet, Representing Women', and 'Women, Art, and Power'. She also co-curated, with Maura Reilly, the acclaimed exhibition 'Global Feminisms' (2007).
This event marks the publication of the first comprehensive anthology of Linda Nochlin’s work. Edited by Maura Reilly and published by Thames and Hudson, 'Women Artists', brings together 29 essential essays from throughout Nochlin’s career, making this the definitive anthology of her writing about women in art.
Included are her major thematic texts “Women Artists After the French Revolution” and “Starting from Scratch: The Beginnings of Feminist Art History,” as well as the landmark essay and its rejoinder “‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’ Thirty Years After.” These appear alongside monographic entries focusing on a selection of major women artists including Mary Cassatt, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Kiki Smith, Miwa Yanagi, and Sophie Calle. 'Women Artists' also presents two new essays written specifically for this book and an interview with Nochlin investigating the position of women artists today.
In conversation with Tamar Garb, Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art at University College London, Linda will discuss these texts in the context of her life and work, as well as art and art history today.