Woman's Art Journal

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, Spring-Summer

Dorothy Gillespie: Reflections of a Joyful Adventure
Dorothy Gillespie (1920-2012) was a prolific and successful artist, widely exhibiting her art in solo exhibitions from the late 1940s well into the twenty-first century. (1) Known for her output of colorful, joyful sculptural art, like Earth Series,...
Feminism, Exhibitions and Museums in Los Angeles, Then and Now
After almost half a century of feminist art history, we are now in a position to observe that momentous changes have taken place in the realm of museum exhibitions of women artists. The 1970s feminist art movement is in the process of becoming history,...
Frankenthaler's Fortunes: On Class Privilege and the Artist's Reception
In 1969, a forty-year-old painter so successful as to be enjoying already a second New York museum retrospective (Fig. 1) got cast in an odd but telling role by a mass-market magazine headline: that of the "heiress" (Fig. 2). (1) Ostensibly, Time was...
Joan Thorne: Analytic Ecstasy
Although the work of Joan Thorne (b. 1943) has varied considerably since she began exhibiting in the early 1970s, her favored formal devices, visible for example in Squazemo (1984; Fig. 1 and Pl. 11) include elaborate polygons rolling in shallow space,...
Optimism and Rage: The Women's Movement in Art in New York, 1969-1975
Often lost in descriptions of the early days of New York's Women's Movement in art is how dynamic and euphoric the atmosphere was, how charismatic and compelling the personalities. Feminism exploded in the art world there around 1970, with a whirlwind...
Parallel Perspective
In this issue, we focus attention on the history of the women's art movement with accounts of events during the early years of feminist art on the east and West coasts of the U.S. Carey Lovelace documents a range of feminist groups active in new York...
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