Coming June 22 from Fantagraphics, “Another Art History” by artist Anita Kunz



When it comes to classical masters of painting, it is generally believed that the genre is dominated by men. Names like Da Vinci, Velásquez, Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh are admired and revered for their luster of paint. However, the famous painter and illustrator Anita Kunz decided to explore what could have happened if these great works of art were in fact the domain of women. In his next book by Fantagraphics, Another history of art, Kunz displays her talent and wit in a collection of paintings showing things from the perspective of modern female masters. Each brilliantly executed with touches of whimsy and satire. Here is the press release for his book, coming June 22.

ANOTHER HISTORY OF ART by award-winning painter and illustrator Anita Kuntz is a sumptuous, spiritual and feminist alternative history of Western art

On sale at Fantagraphics in June

(June 15) Have you ever imagined living in a different and glorious world where all the recognized masterpieces of the Western pantheon of art history were painted by women? Otherwise, no problem: Renowned and award-winning painter and illustrator Anita Kunz imagined it for you in her hilariously inventive and masterfully executed ANOTHER STORY OF ART, which Fantagraphics will release in June.

From the Renaissance to the pop art movement, the most beloved paintings in Western art history have been almost entirely human-made. But in ANOTHER HISTORY OF ART, award-winning painter and illustrator Anita Kuntz filters these iconic works through the female gaze. Its alternate history celebrates an august pantheon of old mistresses and mothers of modern art. Composed of familiar figures such as Leona da Vinci, Diega Velásquez, Paola Picasso, Henrietta Matisse and Vincenza Van Gogh, the talented but troubled young woman whose true genius was not recognized until long after her untimely death.

ANOTHER HISTORY OF ART is a brilliantly satirical and feminist counterfactual art story conceived, written and painted by one of our most accomplished contemporary artists. Crafted with delightful wit, boundless humor, and an eye for revealing aesthetic detail, Kunz’s recreations are not just stunning paintings in their own right, but a devious revisionist social commentary on the male-dominated history of the world. western civilization. Included on each page opposite the painting is a brief biography of each female artist.

Fantagraphics will release the surreal and hilarious parody ANOTHER HISTORY OF ART on June 22, 2021.

About the artist

Anita Kunz is a renowned illustrator and painter whose work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Time, The Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and many other mass-circulation periodicals. She was named one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Women by the National Post. In addition, she was the first woman and the first Canadian to present a solo exhibition at the Library of Congress. She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. She lives in Toronto.


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