Women, art and society / Whitney Chadwick.

by Chadwick, WhitneyLooking glass.

Series: World of art: Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 1996.Edition: Second edition, revised and expanded.Description: 448 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 21cm.ISBN: 0500202931.Subject(s): Women artists -- Social conditions | Women artistsLooking glassNote: Previous ed.: 1990.Note: Bibliography: pages 423-440. - Includes index.
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A reappraisal of the position and work of women artists from the Middle Ages to the present. It examines the way in which women's work has been perceived in the history of Western art - often in direct reference to gender - and re-examines the works themselves. Revisions and new illustrations bring this volume up-to-date, with an additional chapter focusing on issues of identity, class, race and sexuality, many of which are addressed in the work of contemporary artists. Some of those discussed are Rachel Whiteread, Mona Hatoum, Hanna Wilke, Kiki Smith, Sophie Calle and Susan Hiller.

Previous ed.: 1990.

Bibliography: pages 423-440. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. 7)
  • Introduction: Art History and the Woman Artist (p. 17)
  • 1 The Middle Ages (p. 43)
  • 2 The Renaissance Ideal (p. 66)
  • 3 The Other Renaissance (p. 87)
  • 4 Domestic Genres and Women Painters in Northern Europe (p. 114)
  • 5 Amateurs and Academics: A New Ideology of Femininity in France and England (p. 139)
  • 6 Sex, Class, and Power in Victorian England (p. 175)
  • 7 Toward Utopia: Moral Reform and American Art in the Nineteenth Century (p. 205)
  • 8 Separate but Unequal: Woman's Sphere and the New Art (p. 228)
  • 9 Modernism, Abstraction, and the New Woman, 1910-25 (p. 252)
  • 10 Modernist Representation: The Female Body (p. 279)
  • 11 Gender, Race, and Modernism after the Second World War (p. 316)
  • 12 Feminist Art in North America and Great Britain (p. 355)
  • 13 New Directions: A Partial Overview (p. 378)
  • 14 Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (p. 423)
  • 15 A Place to Grow: Personal Visions, Global Concerns, 2000-06 (p. 467)
  • Bibliography and Sources (p. 496)
  • List of Illustrations (p. 516)
  • Index (p. 523)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This volume, the fifth edition in 22 years (1st ed., CH, Sep'90, 28-0068), must be acknowledged as a standard, highly successful work. In addition to new introductory remarks, this edition also offers a new final chapter titled "Enduring Legacy of Feminism"--a summary of significant recent contributions to the field. Chadwick (emer., San Francisco State Univ.) states that women artists are reexamining old assumptions and investigating new structures of meaning and experience. In the new chapter, she provides a sampling of contemporary women artists and claims that much of postmodern art has feminist art at its source. The author affirms Holland Cotter's statement that the legacy of earlier feminism heavily informs new artists' work. Yet feminist art and women's art in general has yet to be incorporated into general art historical sources, as evidenced by the continued production of books dedicated to women artists, including this one. Women's art--like the artwork of any other minority (much of which is discussed in this volume)--can claim final victory only when it becomes part of the mainstream in all aspects of literary and visual culture. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. L. Doumato National Gallery of Art

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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.

Other editions of this work

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