Katy Hessel is an art historian, curator and broadcaster. She is best known for creating and presenting The Great Women Artist’s Podcast alongside an Instagram account which has celebrated female artists on a daily basis since 2015. Katy Hessel seeks to redress the gender imbalance in art history, as well as making it fun, accessible and informative. We are delighted to welcome her here to store to talk about her first book The Story of Art Without Men.
Women artists currently make up just 1% of the National Gallery collection in London. This same museum only staged their first major solo exhibition by a historic female artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, in 2020, while 2023 will mark the first time the Royal Academy of Arts has ever hosted a solo exhibition by a woman in their main space (Marina Abramović).
In this book Katy Hessel challenges the canon as we know it and showcases the female and gender non-conformist artists who are so often excluded from the history books. Hessel shines a spotlight on the radical work of Harriet Powers in the nineteenth-century US, the astonishing work of post-war artists in Latin America and the women artists defining art in the 2020s.
From the Cornish coast to Manhattan, Nigeria to Japan, The Story of Art Without Men is the history of art as it’s never been told before.
Joining Katy in conversation is the brilliant Charlie Porter, an arts reporter and author of What Artists Wear; a radical, gleeful book full of insights about the connection between artists and fashion.
Tickets are £10 and include a glass of wine or soft drink.