Women and art : contested territory / Judy Chicago and Edward Lucie-Smith.

by Chicago, Judy, 1939-Looking glass; Lucie-Smith, Edward, 1933-; Lucie-Smith, EdwardLooking glass.

Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999.Description: 192 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 29cm.ISBN: 0297825453.Subject(s): Women artistsLooking glass | Women in artLooking glassNote: Includes index.
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In this groundbreaking new book, pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago joins forces with art historian Edward Lucie-Smith in selecting and analyzing images of women by both male and female artists from the whole of art history. 200 color illustrations.

Includes index.

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Library Journal Review

This is a curiously interesting hybrid with two running commentaries per page. The central space is reserved for a somewhat traditional art historical text on women artists and images of women in art by British art critic/art historian Lucie-Smith. The rest is filled with the writings of one of the most opinionated and surely the most famous U.S.-based feminist artist, Chicago, creator of The Dinner Party. The collaboration is certainly eye-catching, but, despite 200 beautiful color plates, this is no coffee-table decoration. It seems compiled to capture the attention of any browsing reader of college age and above. Many of the ten chapters might startle the average readerÄthey're explicit about gender issues, bodily functions, and other oddities that are now a part of contemporary art. For serious academic libraries with feminist and graduate collections.ÄMary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson Univ., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


On the surface this appears as typical Lucie-Smith fare: rapidly produced, brilliantly illustrated, and accompanied by a somewhat superficial text. New is the addition of "co-author" Chicago, whose introduction, postscript, and signed dialogue boxes throughout give new meaning to the phrase "running commentary." Art historian Lucie-Smith writes a fluid historical treatment, perhaps stunted by the book's rigid format--mostly single-page sections introduced by trivializing, space-wasting subtitles. Artist Chicago's portion mixes self-aggrandizing statements with unnecessary digressions. Her personal bitterness seems unlikely to promote the book's mission of reaching a wide audience of women "who will draw strength from it" and men who will "find some things in it they really ought to know." Commendable, however, is the integration of works by both genders. The juxtaposition of images throughout is thought-provoking and visually appealing, although some will be surprised at the absence of Georgia O'Keeffe, Remedios Varo, and others. Though the publisher likely dictated the absence of bibliography or sources, unforgivable is the incredibly brief treatment given to works by contemporary women artists other than Chicago herself. Recommended chiefly for the illustrations. General readers. E. K. Menon; Minnesota State University, Mankato