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Linda Nochlin, the Pioneering Feminist Art Historian, Dies Aged 86

A woman whose influence and impact cannot be overstated - we are immensely sad to hear of the death of art historian Linda Nochlin ⠀

In 1971, ArtNews published Nochlin's essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" in which she explored assumptions embedded in the title's question. She considered the very nature of art along with the reasons why the notion of artistic genius has been reserved for male geniuses such as Michelangelo. Nochlin argued that significant societal barriers have prevented women from pursuing art, including restrictions on educating women in art academies and "the entire romantic, elitist, individual-glorifying, and monograph-producing substructure upon which the profession of art history is based."⠀

 

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