A Big Important Art Book (Now with Women)

Cutesy book that I should have known better than to request, with a subtitle of “Profiles of Unstoppable Female Artists–and Projects to Help You Become One.” The projects are lists of ideas like keeping a notebook by your bed to record dreams (so you can use those stories later) or making a collage out of ripped photographs of yourself or think about being a kid and create from that place. It’s somewhat useful to flip through and see some of the artwork curated for this, some inspiring patterns and weavings and sculpture and paintings by ladies, and the premise is honorable (to shine light on the absent women artist). But mostly this is a coffee table book if you want to flash your feminist art card at visitors, not anything worth sinking your teeth into.