NONFICTION

Women’s Art Work: More than 30 Female Artists Who Changed the World

Abrams. Apr. 2020. 112p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781419741180.
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Gr 6 Up–This biographical dictionary highlights 33 historic and modern female artists, along with illustrated descriptions of women artistic pioneers, art schools of influence, distinguished curators and critics, and women featured as subjects of visual art. The life stories and interviews are organized alphabetically with brief entries appearing after each set of three longer profiles. While the historic figures are treated with more traditional biographies, most of the sections for living artists are interviews that discuss influences, choices of medium, and motivations and meanings in the artist’s work. A 20-question quiz, a glossary of significant art terms, a time line of women’s contributions to art and to society from ancient to modern times, and an index are included.
VERDICT This colorful, detailed, and well-organized encyclopedia of significant women artists is recommended for both junior high and high school nonfiction collections.

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