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American Women Artists, 1935-1970: Gender, Culture, and Politics

edited by Helen Langa and Paula Wisotzki
Format
Book
Published
London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Language
English
ISBN
IN00536123, 9781472432827, 1472432827
Summary
Numerous American women artists built successful professional careers in the mid-twentieth century while confronting challenging cultural transitions: shifts in stylistic avant-gardism, harsh political transformations, and changing gender expectations for both women and men. These social and political upheavals provoked complex intellectual and aesthetic tensions. Critical discourses about style and expressive value were also renegotiated, while still privileging masculinist concepts of aesthetic authenticity. In these contexts, women artists developed their careers by adopting innovative approaches to contemporary subjects, techniques, and media. However, while a few women working during these decades have gained significant recognition, many others are still consigned to historical obscurity. The essays in this volume take varied approaches to revising this historical silence. Two focus on evidence of gender biases in several exhibitions and contemporary critical writings; the rest discuss individual artists' complex relationships to mainstream developments, with attention to gender and political biases, cultural innovations, and the influence of racial/ethnic diversity.
Contents
  • Exhibitions : Opportunities and Resistances
  • Survival, Politics and Gender
  • Alternative Media, Alternative Visions
  • From Formalist Abstraction to Feminist Agency.
Description
xiii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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