As I mentioned in The Hotties of Art History Part 1, I am always looking for entertaining ways to incorporate art history in my classroom. So again today, we will mostly discount artistic endeavors and artistic merit to just focus on the attractiveness of the artists. Yes, we can discuss art history here and there, but we’re mostly just being vapid. After checking out the men previously, we’re on to the women in part two of our two-part series: The Hotties of Art History.
Like the men, we ranked the women artists as a class. Our discussion stirred up a lot of debate and discussion (again-higher order thinking skills, right?), but I thought the definitive way to determine the hottest artists would be to ask AOE readers. So once again, take a little time away from your busy day today to help us decide who’s the fairest of them all.
So here they are, the hottest women of art history.
Please peruse and vote on your favorite Hottie of Art History in the comments!
10. Frida Kahlo
What We Like: The confidence to fill in that luscious, full unibrow on every self-portrait she painted.
What We Don’t: That same luscious, full unibrow.
9. Eva Hesse
What We Like: Being all cutesy and girly and stuff.
What We Don’t: The hair and the dress are kind of plain. She just seems uninteresting.
8. Ana Mendieta
What We Like: She’s a little bit mysterious, just like her artwork.
What We Don’t: That white turtleneck really calls her judgment into question.
7. Elaine de Kooning
What We Like: Painting well, nice bangs, and having a husband that ranks highly on the Men’s list.
What We Don’t: She has exactly one and a half eyebrows. Is she some kind of cartoon character?
6. Bridget Riley
What We Like: With this background and her look, she couldn’t be any more 1960s.
What We Don’t: Using assistants to make most of her artwork. Meh.
5. Maya Lin
What We Like: She is the designer of the Vietnam Memorial, one of the greatest artworks of the 20th century. Also, she’s gorgeous.
What We Don’t: Nothing. We don’t criticize the person who designed the Vietnam Memorial.
4. Helen Frankenthaler
What We Like: She has a quiet, elegant sophistication, even when she’s on the ground spreading paint on a canvas.
What We Don’t: True fashionistas don’t allow themselves to be photographed wearing aprons.
3. Marina Abramovic
What We Like: Those eyes. Those lips. Then those eyes again.
What We Don’t: Performance art that’s a little bit insane. She’s like the female version of Chris Burden.
2. Cindy Sherman
What We Like: She has both wonderfully high cheekbones and an incredible oeuvre of self-portrait photography.
1. Marisol Escobar
What We Like: She undoubtedly has the look of a classic beauty, both dark and mysterious.
What We Don’t: Nothing. But have you ever met anyone who actually likes her sculptures?
Tell us, who do YOU think deserves the top spot? Vote below!
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