ArtReview April issue out now

Zanny Begg: The City of Ladies, the story of the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective, Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro's Womanhouse, Ana Mendieta, report from Istanbul, Elena Filipovic interviewed, reviews and more


The City of Ladies: resistance, revisionism and reclamation
For Nina Miall, Zanny Begg and Elise Mcleod’s film (inspired by Franco-Italian writer and ‘proto-feminist’ Christine de Pizan’s 1405 novel) spotlights the many facets of feminism and the role collectives play in protest

The story of the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective
Established as a platform for debates around gender, sexuality, feminism and politics in 1975, Libreria delle Donne de Milano stocked essays, novels and graphic works by women only, encouraging the publishing of new writing as well as making earlier publications accessible. Barbara Casavecchia considers the legacy the founders have left behind

Lauren Elkin on what the pioneering Cal Arts programme run by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro teaches us about collaborative education and the value of artistic labour

The life and legacy of Ana Mendieta
‘To turn a dead woman into a martyr is to turn her story into your own’ – Rosanna Mclaughlin on what it means to coopt the life of an artist for a social cause, the fetishisation of female victimhood and the artworld’s complicity in presenting the ‘ideal woman artist as dead or close to dying’.

Also in this issue

Martin Herbert’s pick of ten must-see exhibitions in this month, Elena Filipovic talks to Ross Simonini, Juliet Jacques on the art and activist scene in Istanbul, and our usual mix of previews and reviews, including 2018 New Museum Triennial, Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943 at Fondazione Prada, Yto Barrada at The Barbican, The State is Not a Work of Art at Tallinn Art Hall, Maria Thereza Alves at Michel Rein, Tara Donovan at Pace Gallery, Ma Qiusha at MIMA, Iman Issa at Spike Island, Erica Scourti at Studio RCA, Margaret Salmon at Tramway, Yevgenia Baras at The Landing, Caroline Walker at Anat Ebgi, April Street: The Shoulder and the Bow at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and more


Books including Marie Darrieussecq’s biography of Paula Modersohn-Becker, Misère, a posthumous essay by Linda Nochlin and Maria Fusco’s Give Up Art, as well as a new strip and I. Kurator's latest adventure