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  1. If we talk about European and more generally about world art, then several excellent and different books have already been translated into Russian. Here are the ones I read:

    1. Flavia Figgeri. Female artists. Ad Marginem Publishing House

    Quite detailed information about 54 artists, from the 16th century to the present day. But the information is rather encyclopedic in nature. Lots of illustrations. It is suitable as a general acquaintance and as a reference publication.

    1. Women in art. Performances, paintings, and events that changed the world around us. Compiled by Helena Reckitt. Bomborra Publishing House.

    The book tells about the history of art in the context of the history of feminism. That is, not only about specific biographies, but also about the logic of the development of events in society, starting from the middle of the 19th century, about how art and women came to certain topics and forms of self-expression in creativity. A lot of illustrations, an excellent publication for understanding the processes in history.

    1. Bridget Quinn Incredible women who changed art and history. MYTH Publishing House.

    I liked the book because the author does not talk about the history of art in a detached way, but shares her personal story, how she came to study this topic, how she discovered new and new women artists. 15 biographies, illustrated portraits made by Lisa Congdon, but there are also many reproductions and photographs, so you can get an idea of the works of autorocs.

    1. Mary Gabrielle Women of Ninth Street. MYTH Publishing House, 3 volumes.

    A unique documentary novel about the stories of five artists who changed the course of modern American art. Very exciting.

    Unfortunately, there are no such general books about Russian artists. I can name a few publications that you can start with. Then you need to collect information in pieces – memories, letters, individual biographies, etc. (which I do).

    1. N. F. Plyasov Lady paints. Business-Inform Publishing House, Simferopol.

    The Crimean journalist collected several biographies of artists of the 19th century-Lyubov Borozdna, Maria Ivanova-Raevskaya, Elena Polenova, Antonina Rzhevskaya, etc. Unfortunately, the book is very uneven, somewhere archival research and discoveries, and somewhere just a retelling of the data available on the Internet. In general, the book is interesting, but it is very difficult to get it, the circulation is small.

    2. Irina Opimakh Artists, muses, patrons of art. Lomonosov Publishing House.

    This book was my first introduction to the subject, but I was alerted from the very beginning by the tone of the story. The emphasis is on personal life, love and breakups, and not on the creative path and achievements of artists. Mixed in are stories about European artists (Frida Kahlo, Georgia OKif) and Russians (Maria Tenisheva, Serebryakova, Marianna Verevkina). In general, it is suitable for a first acquaintance, but it does not reveal the topic enough.

    1. Natalia Kamenetskaya, Nadezhda Yurasovskaya Female art. Women artists in Russia of the XV-XX centuries. Catalog of the State Tretyakov Gallery

    This is not a book, but an album, a catalog for the exhibition of the same name, which was held in the Tretyakov Gallery in 2002. Probably the most complete publication to date in terms of the number of names. The introduction contains several scientific articles from the curators. A real treasure. It is hoped that such exhibitions will be held more often and involve more and more artists.

    These are general books. There are still many separate biographies, monographs, editions of diaries and letters, I can write about some of them separately if you are interested.

  2. There is a wonderful film “Balkan Baroque” – it is about the performances of Marina Abramovich and the philosophy of such an art as performance, if you haven't seen it, I recommend it.

    I also recommend Olesya Turkina's wonderful book about Louise Bourgeois —”Louise Bourgeois: Pandora's Box”, this is a very strong immersion in the features of her work and the language of sculpture.

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