I’ve gotten several comments lately from readers who are just discovering the work of America’s women sculptors. Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein’s wonderfully-written American Women Sculptors is the go-to encyclopedia, and I highly recommend it. The book is roughly divided into historical periods, and within those sections are short biographical sketches and illustrations ranging from Mrs. Wright, the world-famous, 18th-century waxworks queen, to Alice Aycock.
The book is now out of print, and so recounts the lives of sculptors only up until 1990 or so. But Ms. Rubinstein’s scholarship is unmatched, and her research remains definitive. Find it on eBay, or from your local library.