Women, Art, and Society

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Thames and Hudson, 1997 - Art and society - 448 pages
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This acclaimed study challenges assumptions in seeing 'great' women artists, like Artemisia Gentileschi, as exceptions who 'transcended' their sex in producing major works of art. While acknowledging the many women whose contributions to visual culture since the Middle Ages have often been neglected and the role of art history in enabling access to these works, this critical survey provides much more than an alternative canon of women artists: it re-examines 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. For this extensively revised, expanded and newly illustrated edition, Chadwick brings her pioneering book right up to date in the light of new research, while two new chapters focus on the work of contemporary, postmodern artists whose work is consciously informed by feminism.

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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

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

User Review  - Jez - Goodreads

This book is a college classic, but it really just gives an overview. A good place to start for research, but expect cursory attention given to all but the biggest names. Read full review

About the author (1997)

Whitney Chadwick is Professor of Art at San Francisco State University. She has lectured and published widely in the areas of surrealism, feminism, and contemporary art. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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