Women, art, and society

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Thames & Hudson, 2007 - Art - 528 pages
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This acclaimed study challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule who transcended their sex to produce major works of art. While acknowledging the many women whose contributions to visual culture since the Middle Ages have often been neglected, Whitney Chadwick's survey reexamines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender. In her discussion of feminism and its influence on such a reappraisal, the author also addresses the closely related issues of ethnicity, class, and sexuality. This expanded edition incorporates recent developments in contemporary art. Chadwick addresses the turn toward autobiography in much recent women's art. She considers issues such as the personal versus the political and the private versus the public, and analyzes the differences between women's art today and the seminal feminist work of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Review: Women, Art, and Society (World of Art)

User Review  - Gabrielle Carolina - Goodreads

Completely interesting from a historical angle, but often I felt the writing really lacked. Read full review

Review: Women, Art, and Society (World of Art)

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

An excellent history of women's often overlooked contribution to the visual arts. A book that is still standard reading for art historians. Read full review


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Whitney Chadwick is Professor of Art History at San Francisco State University and author of "Women, Art, and Society" (1990) as well as other books and articles on women in the arts and on surrealism. Joe Lucchesi is a visiting instructor of Art History at Carleton College, and curator of the exhibition of Brooks's art organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

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