Lesbian art: an encounter with power

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Craftsman House, 1996 - Antiques & Collectibles - 152 pages
This benchmark publication documents the diversity and vitality of lesbian talent in Australia. A hitherto marginalised group, lesbian artists are now being incorporated into mainstream culture and this book provides a timely introduction to the issues explored by these artists, which include sexuality, mythology and religion, mass media and technology. The development of different modes of production through collaborative processes and collective art making is also discussed. The history of the emergence of lesbian art practice into contemporary culture is charted through documentation of alternative exhibition spaces, legislation, protest marches and events such as the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras held annually in Sydney. The acceptance of lesbian art as an art of difference rather than of community is examined. The diversity in lesbian art practice is highlighted through the variety of styles, art forms and practices which the author has uncovered. Performance art, film, video, computer generated imagery as well as painting, sculpture, graphic arts and craft reinforce the impression of a vital, imaginative body of work making an important contribution to late twentieth-century visual art. This book, with its theoretical discussion, historical overview and profiles of leading practitioners will be an invaluable resource for artists, students and teachers in art schools, women's, gender and queer studies, feminists, homosexuals and lesbians.

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io lntroduction 13 CHAPTER l Fighting lnvisibility
CHAPTER 2 Emerging
CHAPTER 3 Finding Power

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