100 Masterpieces of Painting: From Lascaux to Basquiat, From Florence to Shanghai
- Author: Michel Nuridsany
- Publisher: FLAMMARION
- Published: December 2006
- ISBN-10: 2080305298
- ISBN-13: 9782080305299
- Format: Oversize Hardcover
- Copyright: 2006
- Subject: ART / History / General
A clearly ordered survey of world art aimed at a general audience is a mainstay of the art publishing industry. At first glance, this coffee-table book of 100 of the world's paintings from all periods, with its beautiful color reproductions and snappy commentary, seems a worthwhile purchase for any public library. The works range from the Mona Lisa to Mexican wall murals and draw from both the Eastern and Western traditions. The scholarship is solid if decidedly brief. Unfortunately, a quarter of the way through, readers interested in the arts will begin to notice the lack of female artists. This is more than a question of political correctness; Nuridsany (China Art Now ), art critic for the Paris newspaper Le Figaro , leaves the reader with a distorted view of art history. In the 1970s, Linda Nochlin's groundbreaking essay, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?," kicked off a debate over who has the power to determine the quality of art, feminism, and gender. Scholars such as Whitney Chadwick and Griselda Pollock and activists like The Guerilla Girls (www.guerillagirls.com ) have changed the way we think about art and its associated practices. Curiously, this shift is not reflected in Nuridsany's text. Not recommended.—Katherine C. Adams, Yale Univ. Lib.[Page 87]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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