Women in Abstraction (Hardcover)

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Women in Abstraction (Hardcover)

By Karolina Lewandowska (Editor), Christine Macel (Editor), Anne Monfort (Editor)

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Abstraction gets at the heart of making art. This tome's ambitious scope covers many of the most well-known artists like O'Keeffe and Frankenthaler but also highlights lesser-known artists from around the world like Wook-Kyung Choi, Vanessa Bell, and Zilia Sánchez. The common thread is that they dedicated their lives to their craft. This book changed my life and made me want to make my mark on the world.

— From Shannon Rae

A groundbreaking study of the women of abstract art and their works, presented as a richly illustrated visual history.


Women in Abstraction reevaluates the work of women abstract artists, changing the story of modern and contemporary art. A tie-in catalog to a major exhibition at Paris’s Centre Pompidou, this volume explores the fundamental role women artists played in the development of abstract art in the twentieth century. In this rich, sweeping collection, editors Christine Macel and Karolina Lewandowska bring together more than one hundred artists in painting, sculpture, dance, applied arts, photography, film, and performing arts.


Understanding that abstract art must be looked at in the light of the artists’ political and personal surroundings, this volume dives into the creation and reception of these artworks over time. From the symbolist abstraction of Hilma af Klint, now widely regarded as the first abstract artist, and the sensual abstraction of Huguette Caland, to the purist non-objective approach of Verena Loewensberg, each artist’s relationship to abstraction is examined. These artworks are presented with thought- provoking essays by esteemed critics, contextualizing and exploring the subjects and themes of the movement.


Ultimately, this volume questions the legitimacy of the notion of “female artists” and presents this group as simply artists, full of complexities and paradoxes.



Karolina Lewandowska is photography curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Christine Macel is a French curator. She was the director of the 2017 Venice Biennale, and is chief curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Product Details ISBN: 9780500094372
ISBN-10: 0500094373
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: August 24th, 2021
Pages: 344
Language: English
This book documents the contributions of more than 100 female painters, sculptors, photographers and performers to the history of modernist abstraction and, by including artists from Asia and South America, demonstrates that abstraction itself has always been a global phenomenon.
— The New York Times

An ambitious effort to revise the history of abstraction… A welcome addition to the growing discourse on the topic of its title that offers readers ample opportunity to discover new artists and new lines of inquiry.
— Woman’s Art Journal