“The Story Of Art Without Men” by Katy Hessel, including a section on Boty, is out now

“The Story of Art Without Men” by Katy Hessel, published by Hutchinson Heinemann

“The Story of Art Without Men Art” by Katy Hessel, a pioneering exploration of women artists from the past 500 years, is published by Hutchinson Heinemann and available now. The book includes a section entitled “Political Change and New Abstractions”, the Pop art chapter of which features Pauline Boty, Marisol, Evelyne Axell, Martha Rosler and others.

“In her new book, curator and art historian Katy Hessel challenges the canon as we know it and showcases the female and gender non-conformist artists who are so often excluded from the history books. Hessel shines a spotlight on the glittering paintings of Sofonisba Anguissola of the Renaissance, the radical work of Harriet Powers in the nineteenth-century US, the astonishing work of post-war artists in Latin America and the women artists defining art in the 2020s. From the Cornish coast to Manhattan, Nigeria to Japan, The Story of Art Without Men is the history of art as it’s never been told before.” [From Hutchinson Heinemann]

A spread from the book with left “The Only Blonde in the World”, 1963, and right “It’s a Man’s World I”, 1964, by Pauline Boty

To coincide with publication of the book, The Story of Art as it’s Still Being Written, is an exhibition at Victoria Miro, London, featuring artists from its final chapter. The exhibition will run from 8 September – 1 October 2022. Further information is available here: [link]

Katy is also conducting a series of book talks to discuss the work – further information available here: [link]

“It’s a long way before the balance is truly redressed but this is a good start.” Tracey Emin

“I was not aware how hungry I was for this book until I dropped everything and ate it from cover to cover. I was not aware how angry I was that this book did not exist until it existed. It’s an urgently needed, un-put-downable, joyful, insightful, glorious, perspective-shifting revision of the Story of Art.” Es Devlin

Women artists currently make up just 1% of the National Gallery collection in London. This same museum only staged their first major solo exhibition by a historic female artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, in 2020, while 2023 will mark the first time the Royal Academy of Arts has ever hosted a solo exhibition by a woman in their main space.” Marina Abramović

A spread from the book showing part of its Timeline

About the author
Katy Hessel is an art historian, broadcaster and curator dedicated to celebrating women artists from all over the world. In 2015, Katy founded the Instagram account @thegreatwomenartists, which has grown to almost 300,000 followers, and hosts a podcast of the same name with over 1.5 million listens. Katy has lectured at Tate, National Gallery, Christie’s and University of Cambridge; presented films for the BBC and Royal Academy; and collaborated with Dior on a podcast series featuring interviews with Tracey Emin and Judy Chicago. She lives in London and sits on the Board of Trustees at Charleston, the former home of the Bloomsbury Group.

Publisher: Hutchinson Heinemann
Format: Hardback [Ebook and Audio Download also available]
ISBN 9781529151145
Dimensions: 241mm x 32mm x 162mm
Pages: 520
Price: £30.00