Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader
by Maura Reilly
Linda Nochlin (1931-2017) was one of the most pioneering and provocative art historians of our time. In 1971 she published her groundbreaking article, ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’, an impassioned feminist rallying cry that called traditional art historical practices into question and led to a major revision of the discipline. The book begins with an interview with Nochlin, where she looks back on her life’s work and reflects on the position of women artists today. Nochlin’s seminal essay is worth reading beforehand, as it sheds a light on why it took so long for women not only to be recognised but also to participate within the art world.