Icon Books has acquired rights to art historian Catherine McCormack’s book, Women in the Picture, a “feminist, 21st-century visual culture manifesto”, for an undisclosed sum.
Icon Books senior commissioning editor Kiera Jamison bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Becky Thomas at Johnson and Alcock.Icon will publish in spring 2020.
Women in the Picture sets out to change the way we view women and female bodies in art, visual culture and broader society, said the publisher.
Jamison said: “Women in the Picture is a vital rallying call to change the way we see and appreciate art – John Berger’s Ways of Seeing meets Mary Beard’s Women and Power. Catherine connects paintings by the ‘masters’ with contemporary Instagram art, TV shows and advertising, in a compelling and urgent argument that explores visual culture’s wide-ranging impact. Icon Books is committed to publishing groundbreaking feminist scholarship for a general audience, and we’re delighted to be publishing Catherine’s book.”