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When The Model Became The Artist

Books: ‘The Age Of Light’
Photographer Lee Miller (in Hitler’s bathtub) is the subject of a new novel, “The Age of Light.” By David Scherman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Women and art have always had a bad relationship. No, let’s rephrase that. Art, as pulled from sewage of common life, singled out from history’s clutter, buffed, shined and hung for all to see as exemplary, yes, that kind of art, has rarely considered the work of women. As a 1989 screen print by the anonymous female artist collective Guerrilla Girls famously stated of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Less than 5% of artists in the Modern Arts Sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female.”

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