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The Guardian announces new arts column

The Guardian has launched a new fortnightly column by art historian and broadcaster Katy Hessel that focuses on the work of women artists.

The Guardian announces new arts column
Katy Hessel: "I am so excited to be starting ‘The Great Women's Art Bulletin’. This new fortnightly column will explore key issues of our time through the lens of pioneering work by women artists.” Photograph: Supplied by the Guardian.

The Guardian has launched ‘The Great Women's Art Bulletin’ – a new fortnightly column from art historian and broadcaster, Katy Hessel. In each instalment, Katy will write about an artwork made by a woman that speaks to the current news agenda, says the publisher.

The first column, according to the Guardian, looks at Agnes Denes' Wheatfield: A Confrontation and what it says about our heating planet. Forty years ago, Denes grew two acres of wheat on a landfill site by Wall Street in Manhattan, transforming the wasteland into a golden wheatfield. As Katy re-evaluates in her column, this spectacular artwork spoke volumes about the way land has been misappropriated for profit rather than to the benefit of the world's ecology, contributing to dangerously rising temperatures such as those we are experiencing in cities across the UK this week.

Katy Hessel said: "I am so excited to be starting ‘The Great Women's Art Bulletin’. This new fortnightly column will explore key issues of our time through the lens of pioneering work by women artists. I can't wait to delve into some of the most important news stories through the prism of these artworks while also celebrating the life and work of these often overlooked figures.”

Alex Needham, arts editor, Guardian News & Media said: "I'm delighted that Katy will be writing regularly for the Guardian. Her column will not only foreground brilliant art by women, but demonstrate its ongoing relevance and connection to the world today, offering an inspiring new perspective for Guardian readers.”