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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

The power of women goes global

Women make up half of humanity yet their social, economic, and political contributions across time and culture have been largely undervalued for far too long. It is time these and all women who are creative masters and pioneering figures receive the proper recognition they deserve, and on March 8, International Women’s Day, we celebrate their triumphs and remember the struggles of everyday women across the globe. IWD also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity—an issue that the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Gender Gap Report tells us is still over 200 years away.

From Annie Leibovitz to Beatriz Milhazes, Charlotte Salomon, and Barbra Streisand, at TASCHEN we admire and appreciate the power and creativity of women. The role of women in art and culture has long gone under-recognized in society at large. But that’s starting to change. Global activism for women’s rights and equality has seen the tide beginning to turn, with movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more adding a new momentum. More than ever it is important to celebrate the women in our lives.

Throughout history, women painters, photographers, and artists of all kinds have been at the vanguard of innovation in creative practice. In the 1960s the feminist art movement sought to reflect women’s lives and experience and challenge the dominance of patriarchal control. While they are often missing from the official record, initiatives like Clara Database of Women Artists have worked to write women into art history. Women artists like Tamara de Lempicka, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo are pillars of the TASCHEN library. Respectively, their work depicts modern and fiercely independent women; takes a striking stance on humble subject matter like flowers and landscape; and examines with a surreal realism the bodily experience of trauma.

How society perceives women’s roles and value is linked to both their representation and who is representing them—from comic illustrations of Wonder Woman to high fashion photographs of supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Not surprisingly, the women behind and in front of the camera have made a lasting impact on the development of feminism. Female photographers like Annie Leibovitz, June Newton, Bettina Rheims, Linda McCartney, and Ellen von Unwerth have innovated in the fields of fashion, portraiture, and celebrity photography, challenging ideas of female beauty and power. And the prominent women that feature in these images? From Marilyn Monroe to her majesty the Queen, TASCHEN books profile women whose impact on the world continues to be felt.


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June 08 - December 02, 2018

Marilyn – A Woman Behind Her Roles

Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere
June 16 - November 04, 2018

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

V&A, London