Generations and Geographies in the Visual Arts: Feminist Readings

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In Generations and Geographies, the challenge of contemporary feminist theory encounters the provocation of the visual arts made by women in the twentieth century. The major issue is difference: sexual, cultural and social. Generations points to the singularity of each artist's creative negotiation of time and historical and political circumstance; Geographies calls attention to the significance of place, location and cultural diversity, connecting issues of sexuality to those of nationality, imperialism, migration, diaspora and genocide. Generations and Geographies is framed by theoretical debates in cultural analysis by Griselda Pollock, Mieke Bal, Elisabeth Bronfen and Irit Rogoff, and two historical analyses of representations of the female nude by Rosemary Betterton and Nanette Salomon. Essays on international contemporary art discuss artistic practice by women working in both western and non-western contexts, focusing on themes of the mother, the body, the land and history/memory. The artists discussed include the French performance artist Orlan, the Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta and Jenny Saville from Britain, the Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuna, Shimada Yoshiko from Japan, the Korean artist Re-Hyun Park and the Korean/Canadian artist Jin-me Yoon, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger from Israel and the American artist Cindy Sherman. British/Zanzibari artist Lubaina Himid provides specially commissioned artists' pages on the theme of history, location and displacement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415141277
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
The politics of theory: generations and geographies in feminist theory and the histories of art histories 3
Reading art? 25
The knotted subject: hysteria, Irma and Cindy Sherman 42
Gossip as testimony: a postmodern signature 58
The Venus Pudica: uncovering art history's 'hidden agendas' and pernicious pedigrees 69
On viewing three paintings by Jenny Saville: rethinking a feminist practice of painting 88
Orlan Artist in the post-human age of mechanical reincarnation: body as ready to be re- made 110
The anorexic body: contemporary installation art by women artists in Canada 135
Beach House 149
Mother figures: the maternal nude in the work of Kathe Kollwitz and Paula Modersohn-Becker 159
Mother's anger and mother's desire: the work of Re-Hyun Park 180
Cecilia Vicuna's Ouvrage: knot a not, notes as knots 197
'Resting' in history: translating the art of Jin-me Yoon 217
Embodied geographies: subjectivity and materiality in the work of Ana Mendieta 228
Comfort women: women of conformity: the work of Shimada Yoshiko 253
Gleaning in history or coming after/behind the reapers: the feminine, the stranger and the matrix in the work and theory of Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger 266
Index 289
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