She Persists: Perspectives on Women in Art & Design


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This is not a monograph on the history of women artists or an art-historical survey of ‘women’s art’. It is thirty-four perspectives on pivotal moments in, and key contributions to, the field of art and design by women, all drawn from the NGV Collection.

The idea of persistence was the inspiration for this publication. The works explored demonstrate the tenacity of women, from the day-to-day determination required by women practitioners whose very existence was a radical act, to the direct activism of individuals from the past and present. Taking a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspective, this volume is a vital addition to the conversation about women’s contribution to art and design history.

Edited by Annika Aitken, Dr Isobel Crombie, Megan Patty, Dr Maria Quirk and
Myles Russell-Cook