The Story of Art Without Men In UK 2022, 2023

[DATE THU SEP 29 2022] LOCATION :The London Library, 14 St. James's Square,
 London, United Kingdom

Katy Hessel, an art curator and art historian, talks to Jennifer Heggie about the crucial new perspective she brings to the study of art.

The Story of Art Without Men
The Story of Art Without Men

About The Story of Art Without Men

When you consider that women only make up 1% of the National Gallery’s collection and that the Royal Academy of Arts has never had a solo show by a woman in its main venue, curator and art historian Katy Hessel’s new book could not be more timely, important, or welcome.

From the dazzling works of Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola to the women artists defining art in the 2020s, The Story of Art Without Men, largely written at The London Library, challenges the canon and reframes our understanding of art history by showcasing female and gender non-conforming artists, from all over the world, who have been too long excluded or forgotten.

Katy Hessel discusses the hidden tale of art history in an interview with writer and frieze editor-at-large Jennifer Higgie.

Katy Hessel is an art historian, broadcaster, and curator who has committed herself to highlighting the achievements of women in the arts via initiatives like the Great Women Artists Instagram and podcast, which has had over 1.5 million downloads and listens to date. Katy has given talks at the Tate, the National Gallery, Christie’s, and the University of Cambridge; she has hosted documentaries for the BBC and the Royal Academy; and she has worked with Dior on a podcast series that included interviews with artists such as Tracey Emin and Judy Chicago.

Australian-born artist and author Jennifer Higgie now resides in the United Kingdom’s capital. She has transitioned from her role as editor of frieze magazine to host of Bow Down, a podcast on women in the art world. She is a painter, screenwriter, editor, and novelist with works in both public and private collections in Australia. Her works include both a novel (Bedlam) and a children’s book (There’s Not One).

Our affiliated bookstore Hatchards has titles like Katy Hessel’s The History of Art Without Men and Jennifer Higgie’s The Mirror and the Palette.

Please note that in accordance with the most recent government COVID guidelines, this session will be held in person at The London Library. Prior to attending, please review our Event Access and COVID Guidelines.

The event begins at 7:30, with doors (and the bar) opening at 7:00.

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