Broad Strokes

15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
4.5 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in this smart, feisty, educational, and enjoyable book.

This is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover and feminist.

©2017 Bridgett Quinn (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great performance & book

I'm honestly a little confused as to why some have reacted so negatively to the performance. I thought the narrator did a great job and seemed to really master the authorial voice.

Great listen, I would highly recommend.

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Irritating

The writer makes some good points but focuses way to much on her own story.. Long paragraphs about how cool she was in combat boots and a nose ring as a young historian were not important or interesting. I wanted to know more about the artists not her. I couldn’t care less about her story and how she discovered Ruth Asawa at the De Young. Her continual swearing in an attempt to seem bad ass just made my eyes roll. Meh at best.

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Art at a time without museums

What a fabulous journey of great art at a time when we cannot visit museums in person.

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Engaging and authrtic

Not the usual stuffy art history book, a wonderful, informative, and personal story is being told. A more truthful look at art history by looking at the often overlooked women artists and discussing their lives, works, and impact.

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A Necessary Subject on Thin Ice

Perhaps it was the influence of the breathy, gossiping style with which it is read but this is , in the end, shallow art history. There are anecdotes to add to one’s information but this “Intro to Art” handling of the powerful work executed by these remarkable women is a disservice to their collective legacy. The vocabulary necessary to communicate these important lives and the accompanying work does not seem to lie within the wheelhouse of this writer. The writing is as disappointing as the bad pun that is the book’s title.

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full of inspiration with feeling

amazing resource for those wanting a better look at influential women artists and their lives. I loved this book, and was surprised at how many of these women I had never heard of. being an artist with a bfa I was surprised how little I knew of the lives of even the artists who I recognized. great book

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Awesome and educational

When I saw this I was interested in the title. Then I was interested by the description. The. I listened to it and I was sucked into a captivating story

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Love it!

Highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read more on the subject of women in art history. I really like the writer style and that she infused some of her own experiences alongside those of the women in art. A must read.

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  • Franklymydarling
  • 06-08-18

A great and engaging listen

This book puts a punch back into art and art history. It's interesting and well worth a listen , if just to learn about new artists you may not yet know. Artimesia you rock!!!

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  • jennifer
  • 09-26-18

Very annoying narrator, weird inflections

Very annoying narrator, weird inflections on pretty much every sentence. Like she is telling a fairy tale. Author is just whinging and whinging about women in the art world, not slightly inspiring at all, you get a real sense she is very annoyed at the world. Also clearly has a massive ego, why does she keep talking about herself like that? I don't care what she is wearing, why keep describing what you used to wear and how your hair was? What point are you trying to make exactly? Also, she likes art, big deal, join the rest of the population, she thinks liking art makes her a better person somehow. Romanticising her studies.

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