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“25 Women” by Dave Hickey: A Book Discussion at Parrish Art Museum
April 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$10
A book-club style discussion in the café on writer Dave Hickey’s acclaimed new book on contemporary women artists including Lynda Benglis and Mary Heilmann, 25 Women: Essays on Their Art by Dave Hickey.
25 Women collects Hickey’s best and most important writing about female artists from the past twenty years. But this is far more than a compilation: Hickey has revised each essay, bringing them up to date and drawing out common themes. Written in Hickey’s trademark style—accessible, witty, and powerfully illuminating—25 Women analyzes the work of Joan Mitchell, Bridget Riley, Fiona Rae, Lynda Benglis, Karen Carson, and many others.
Hickey discusses their work as work, bringing politics and gender into the discussion only where it seems warranted by the art itself. The resulting book is not only a deep engagement with some of the most influential and innovative contemporary artists, but also a reflection on the life and role of the critic: the decisions, judgments, politics, and ethics that critics negotiate throughout their careers in the art world.