25 Women: Essays on Their Art

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Newsweek calls him exhilarating and deeply engaging. Time Out New York calls him smart, provocative, and a great writer. Critic Peter Schjeldahl, meanwhile, simply calls him My hero. Theres no one in the art world quite like Dave Hickeyand a new book of his writing is an event.

25 Women will not disappoint. The book collects Hickeys 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 Hickeys trademark styleaccessible, witty, and powerfully illuminating25 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.

Always engaging, often controversial, and never dull, Dave Hickey is a writer who gets people excitedand talkingabout art. 25 Women will thrill his many fans, and make him plenty of new ones.


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