Women in Abstraction


An exploration of the fundamental role played by women in the development of abstract art


ISBN: 9780500094372 Category:


With a few notable exceptions, the fundamental role that women played in the development of abstract art has long been underestimated, and their work has not received the same critical attention as that of their male counterparts. Now, at last, the tide is turning. The latest historiographical advances illustrated by numerous recent publications, monographs and thematic exhibitions make it possible to reassess the importance of the contribution of women artists to the different currents of abstraction, while at the same time questioning the patterns of the past.

Edited by Christine Macel, this catalogue and the exhibition it accompanies highlights the contributions of a hundred or so women artists to abstraction up to the 1980s, with a few unprecedented forays into the 19th century. By focusing on the careers of artists so often unjustly eclipsed, the book questions the established canons and offers an alternative history of abstraction, from the symbolist abstraction of Hilma Af Klint, to the sensual abstraction of Huguette Caland, to the purist non-objective approach of Verena Von Loewensberg. Essays by noted scholars explore the techniques, concerns and legacies of these women, shedding light on their unique experiences and offering keen new reflections on their work and the movement as a whole.

With 350 illustrations

Additional information

Weight 2354 g
Dimensions 23.6 x 30.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 28 October 2021
Number of pages 344
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Christine Macel and Karolina Lewandowska
Dimensions 23.6 x 30.9 cm
Weight 2354 g


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Christine Macel is a French curator. She was the director of the 2017 Venice Biennale, and is chief curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.