Women, Art, and Power: And Other Essays

Women, Art, and Power: And Other Essays

Women, Art, and Power: And Other Essays

Women, Art, and Power: And Other Essays

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Women, Art, and Power - seven landmark essays on women artists and women in art history- brings together the work of almost twenty years of scholarship and speculation.

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These essays have been written over the course of almost twenty years, twenty years which have seen the birth and development of a feminist art history. When I embarked on "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" in 1970, there was no such thing as a feminist art history: like all other forms of historical discourse, it had to be constructed. New materials had to be sought out, a theoretical basis put in place, a methodology gradually developed. Since that time, feminist art history and criticism and, more recently, gender studies have become an important branch of the discipline, accorded the honor of a long and thorough review article in The Art Bulletin, a major journal of the discipline. Perhaps more important, the feminist critique has entered into mainstream discourse itself. often, it is true, perfunctorily, but in the work of the best younger scholars, as an integral part of a new, more theoretically grounded and socially contextualized historical practice. Perhaps this makes it sound as though feminism is safely ensconced in the bosom of one of the most conservative of the intellectual disciplines. This is far from being the case. There is still considerable resistance to the more radical varieties of the feminist critique in the visual arts, and its practitioners are accused of such sins as neglecting . . .

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