Book Review: A Big Important Art Book (Now With Women)

This week, I read Danielle Krysa’s (The Jealous Curator) new book and this is what I think about it…

I’ve read Krysa’s other books and subscribe to her e-newsletter so I’m quite familiar with her aesthetic and writing style. This book follows the same accessible/friendly writing style however her artistic choices for this book were more widespread than I was expecting. Covering historic and contemporary artists and a wide range of mediums.

The chapters are organized into genre’s like portraiture, nature, histories etc… Each chapter begins with a brief description of what that genre tends to include then she’ll introduce the reader to at least three contemporary female artists working in the genre. She includes a description of their accomplishments, concepts, and techniques. There’s break out sections for quotes from the artists and boxes featuring famous historic female artists. As mentioned earlier the work she covers is varied. In some sections I was worried that maybe the book would lean too heavy towards “wow” art where the technique overpowers a message but then she’d add in a concept heavy artist. So I really have nothing negative to say about her selection of artists. I was super pleased that many of them have been featured on dartily in my “Happy Birthday” posts, but there were still many that were new to me!

An interesting addition to this book, that her other books also include, were creative exercises the reader can do at home. An awesome way to engage the reader and add a new dimension to the book. In regards to this, I like that these exercises are at the beginning of each chapter as opposed to the end of the chapter. This encourages the reader to create something themselves before being influenced and/or intimidated by the artists covered later in the chapter.

You’ll like this book if you enjoy art history either as a pro or novice. As mentioned, the book is broken down into smaller sections with lots of boxes separating the topics, themes, and artists. That, with the abundance of pictures would make this a great “coffee table” book.

GOOD BOOK! I recommend it!