It took the Royal Academy more than 250 years to present its first solo show by a woman. Not until 2023 did performance artist Marina Abramović break the march of male artists. One wonders what kept the Royal Academy so long. It is an omission indicative of the systemic erasure of pioneering female artists that a new book seeks to redress.

Mothers of Invention: The Feminist Roots of Contemporary Art reappraises women’s role in reinventing contemporary art practice. Four scholars take a chapter each to dive into how women artists drove forward a movement: performance, abstraction, ...


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