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Women Artists: An Illustrated History.

WOMEN ARTISTS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY. Nancy Heller. New York: Abbeville Press, 1991. Illustrated, 256 pp., softbound, $29.95.

What this survey lacks in depth of historical analysis is entirely offset by nearly two hundred glorious illustrations. Paintings and sculptures which have received minimal treatment elsewhere, are here given lavish attention; often full-page. This beautiful book (printed in Italy) begins in a significant way, to reveal what was previously obscure. Accompanying the high-quality color reproductions of works of art, are smaller black-and-white images of the artists discussed, lending an interesting dimension to the biographical texture of the book. The first edition was published in 1987; in this revised version, Heller adds a chapter on "New Currents," to include mention of Jenny Holzer's selection for the 1990 Venice Biennale as well as other artists presently working in Europe, Central America, Australia and the U.S. An up-to-date and readable complement to Chadwick's text, Women Artists is above all, a sumptuous optical feast.
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Date:May 1, 1992
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