Girls! girls! girls! in contemporary art / edited by Catherine Grant and Lori Waxman.

by Grant, Catherine [editor.]Looking glass; Waxman, Lori [editor.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Bristol, England ; Intellect, 2011.Description: x, 188 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781841503486; 1841503487.Other title: Girls in contemporary art.Subject(s): Arts, Modern -- 21st century -- Themes, motives | Girls in artLooking glass | Women artistsLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references.
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Since the 1990s, female artists have led the contemporary art world in the creation of art depicting female adolescence, producing challenging, critically debated, and avidly collected artworks that are driving the current and momentous shift in the perception of women in art. Girls! Girls! Girls! presents essays from established and up-and-coming scholars who address a variety of themes, including narcissism, nostalgia, postfeminism, and fantasy with the goal of approaching the overarching question of why female artists are turning in such numbers to the subject of girls--and what these artistic explorations signify. Artists discussed include Anna Gaskell, Marlene McCarty, Sue de Beer, Miwa Yanagi, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Collier Schorr, and more. Contributors include Lucy Soutter, Harriet Riches, Maud Lavin, Taru Elfving, Kate Random Love, and Carol Mavor.

Includes bibliographical references.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: The Girl in Contemporary Art
  • Through the Looking-Glass with Heart-Shaped Sunglasses: Searching for Alice and Lolita in Contemporary Representations of Girls
  • Dial 'P' for Panties: Narrative Photography in the 1990s (with a New Afterword by the Author)
  • Girlish Games: Playfulness and 'Drawingness' in the Work of Francesca Woodman and Lucy Gunning
  • Marlene McCarty's Murder Girls
  • Haunted: Writing with the Girl
  • Oh Mother Where Art Thou? Sue de Beer's Hysterical Orphan Girls
  • Mi-girl, Mi-kick, Mi-fire, Mi-sin, Mi-soul, MI-WA: A Fairy Tale in Blue
  • Baby Butches and Reluctant Lolitas: Collier Schorr and Hellen van Meene
  • Author Biographies

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The essays in this volume explore the work of female contemporary artists, many of them photographers, who, at some point in their career, have focused their energies on the representation of girls. As might be expected, compelling visual and textual references to such familiar archetypes of girlhood as Lewis Carroll's Alice and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita abound. Most arresting, however, are the pieces that operate outside these recognizable tropes to offer fresh alternatives to established symbols of youthful femininity or those that introduce readers to artists not immediately associated with girlhood, e.g., Lucy Gunning, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and Sue de Beer. Maud Lavin, for example, offers sociological, psychoanalytical, and visual analysis of Marlene McCarty's ongoing series of Murder Girls drawings, exposing the darker side of adolescence manifested in matricide. Carol Mavor contributes a fractured fairy tale inspired by the work of Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Miwa Yanagi (the only text featuring work by artists based outside the US or Europe). Ultimately, this volume intelligently illuminates the work of its featured artists, some of whom have abandoned girl imagery in their more recent projects, and points toward future investigation of its vital theme. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty. K. Rhodes Drew University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Catherine Grant is a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London. Lori Waxman is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.