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Publisher's Summary

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in this smart, feisty, educational, and enjoyable book.

This is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover and feminist.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Bridgett Quinn (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Very annoying narrator, weird inflections

Very annoying narrator, weird inflections on pretty much every sentence. Like she is telling a fairy tale. Author is just whinging and whinging about women in the art world, not slightly inspiring at all, you get a real sense she is very annoyed at the world. Also clearly has a massive ego, why does she keep talking about herself like that? I don't care what she is wearing, why keep describing what you used to wear and how your hair was? What point are you trying to make exactly? Also, she likes art, big deal, join the rest of the population, she thinks liking art makes her a better person somehow. Romanticising her studies.

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  • 15-09-2020

Unbelievably Trying

Maybe it was supposed to have been written in a conversational manner, but, a conversation with who? The information I got was not really worth the aggravation of being talked down to for 5 1/2 hours. The author repeatedly made broad claims and then went on to immediately totally undermine her own points.
The narrator only managed to exacerbate the imbecility. I would take an airline magazine over this audiobook if I had to choose between the two.

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  • Zephyris
  • 01-12-2020

Exciting!

As a female and a painter, I appreciated Quinn's personal discovery approach to material. The style made me want to learn more about each and every artist, and her personal reflections simply tied it all together. It was not irritating in the slightest. Not all discussions of art are stuffy or objective.

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  • Caroline
  • 29-08-2018

Great performance & book

I'm honestly a little confused as to why some have reacted so negatively to the performance. I thought the narrator did a great job and seemed to really master the authorial voice.

Great listen, I would highly recommend.

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  • alicynn marie colbert
  • 12-07-2018

Awesome and educational

When I saw this I was interested in the title. Then I was interested by the description. The. I listened to it and I was sucked into a captivating story

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  • Maya Kabat
  • 29-03-2019

Irritating

The writer makes some good points but focuses way to much on her own story.. Long paragraphs about how cool she was in combat boots and a nose ring as a young historian were not important or interesting. I wanted to know more about the artists not her. I couldn’t care less about her story and how she discovered Ruth Asawa at the De Young. Her continual swearing in an attempt to seem bad ass just made my eyes roll. Meh at best.

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  • lol
  • 24-06-2020

Engaging and authrtic

Not the usual stuffy art history book, a wonderful, informative, and personal story is being told. A more truthful look at art history by looking at the often overlooked women artists and discussing their lives, works, and impact.

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  • Charles
  • 17-12-2019

A Necessary Subject on Thin Ice

Perhaps it was the influence of the breathy, gossiping style with which it is read but this is , in the end, shallow art history. There are anecdotes to add to one’s information but this “Intro to Art” handling of the powerful work executed by these remarkable women is a disservice to their collective legacy. The vocabulary necessary to communicate these important lives and the accompanying work does not seem to lie within the wheelhouse of this writer. The writing is as disappointing as the bad pun that is the book’s title.

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  • Michelle
  • 19-08-2019

full of inspiration with feeling

amazing resource for those wanting a better look at influential women artists and their lives. I loved this book, and was surprised at how many of these women I had never heard of. being an artist with a bfa I was surprised how little I knew of the lives of even the artists who I recognized. great book

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  • Dan
  • 25-08-2021

I see why they’re giving this away

The best and almost only good thing about this book is the narrator.

Aside from the narration, this book is riddled with insult and delusional worship over works with little merit other than it was done by a woman. This book was extremely sexist and was a reach for victimhood calling for race and gender inequalities where there was little or none, further, when there were none, the author would replace good criticism of works with her warped interpretation of what she believed the critique to mean as if it had secondary implications. A very few of the artists presented were noteworthy, though not as highly as the author assumes they should be.

The other extremely off putting aspect of this book was the overly abundant person story from the author. I would have much rather only heard about the painters and their works. I could careless for hearing about an artist that has to write a book to stand on the shoulders of good artists before her time just to have her own work publicized.

In short, not a good book, would not recommend.

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  • AnnaO
  • 07-07-2021

Wonderful.

Written like your are listening to your friend tell you a story. Wonderful learning experience for anyone interested in visual arts. Highly recommend.

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  • Miss A.
  • 17-07-2021

Disappointed

Poor writing & terrible narration. An interesting topic ruined. Couldn't take the cute American accent so gave up.

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  • Franklymydarling
  • 08-06-2018

A great and engaging listen

This book puts a punch back into art and art history. It's interesting and well worth a listen , if just to learn about new artists you may not yet know. Artimesia you rock!!!

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  • Fran
  • 13-10-2021

Fascinating!

I discovered and rediscovered so many interesting artists. Well paced and just the right amount of the author's personal story coming through and combined with the lives of the artists.

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  • M Robinson
  • 06-08-2021

Riveting and Informative

A fascinating look at 15 inspiring female artists. Quinn succinctly writes of how the artists lives (and their femaleness) shaped the art which they created.

Glorious. A feminists wet dream.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-2021

Too many unnecessary details

Not worth the time. Half of it is an expression of the author's admiration and backstory of occasion in which she stumbled upon an artist. And also the reading is overly dramatic

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  • diana lowe
  • 11-03-2021

Love it

I really enjoyed learning about new women artist and it gave me the confidence to create more of my art.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-2021

Perfect for Book Club

I suggested Broad Strokes for our arts-based book club as I remembered reading it in art school; it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It's really a surface scratch for many wonderful woman of art but a good opening for independent research. Some group members were not keen on the narration but I enjoyed Gilbert's enthusiasm for recounting Quinn's personal experiences. Appropriate at A Level and beyond, a great source for educators.

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