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Drawing blood with pen and ink

Molly Crabapple’s account of misogyny and exploitation in the American art world is a valuable political document, strikingly illustrated

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

Drawing Blood Molly Crabapple

Harper Collins, pp.352, £20, ISBN: 9780062323644

Molly Crabapple is an American artist and Drawing Blood is the story of her life. That life has only been going on since 1983, but despite its author’s relative youth Drawing Blood is a valuable political document. It tells of a life lived in struggle — against the prospect of going dead broke, against gross misogyny within the arts and against sex workers, against the obscene wealth splattering the fine art business — redeemed by intoxicating levels of exposure, then finally reoriented by a new political consciousness.

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