The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World

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* Accompanies an exhibition at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, from November 2012 to April 2013

The Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women is a collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) of approximately 400 works of art including paintings, photographs, drawings, watercolors, pastels, collage, prints, fabric pieces, ceramics, bronze, wood, and sculpture in other media by over 150 artists. The collection includes works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brown, ...

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Philadelphia 2012 Hardcover. New In response to the poor representation of women in art galleries and museums, Philadelphia-based collector, Linda Lee Alter, decided in the ... 1980s to focus on art by women. The result, now at the Pehhsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is an extraordinarily diverse and powerful collection of nearly 500 objects by some of the most influential female artists of the past 50 years, including major works by Louise Bourgeois, Elizabeth Catlett, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson and others. Alter formed her collecitno with the intent of giving it to a public institution in order to make women artists more visible. Contributors include Glenn Adamson, Linde Lee Alter, Diane Burko, Anna Chave, Joanna Gardner-Hugget, Anna Havemann, Melanie Anne Herzog, Janine Mileaf, Mey-Yen Moriuchi, Jodi Throckmorton and Michele Wallace. Includes 12 essays, the plates, checklist of Alter's collection with biographies of each artis and, a selected bibliography. Grey cloth with white lettering; color-illustrated Read more Show Less

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* Accompanies an exhibition at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, from November 2012 to April 2013

The Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women is a collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) of approximately 400 works of art including paintings, photographs, drawings, watercolors, pastels, collage, prints, fabric pieces, ceramics, bronze, wood, and sculpture in other media by over 150 artists. The collection includes works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brown, Viola Frey, Ana Mendieta, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Christina Ramberg, Betye Saar, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, and Beatrice Wood among many others.
This accessibly written, fully illustrated publication includes ten new essays on women artists since the 1920s. The chief aim is to document and celebrate this unprecedented gift in PAFA's history. The book breaks new ground in scholarship on its topics, takes risks with interpretation, and uses the broad themes and wide array of artists represented in the collection as a starting point for reflections on the history of the feminist movement, individual artists, and regional identities. Artists from the collection have a strong voice throughout the publication through interviews, writings, and the incorporation of archival materials. The Linda Lee Alter Collection catalogue will be the lasting document of the collection and will accompany the traveling version of the exhibition, which is projected to travel to four national venues in 2013 and 2014.

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"VERDICT: This wonderful book is an inspiration; recommended for readers interested in contemporary art, collectors, and collecting, as well as feminism." — Library Journal

Copiously illustrated with high reproduction values, the catalog features short essays by an impressive array of scholars.
—Women's Art Journal; Fall/Winter 2013

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Before the 1980s, female art collectors were extremely rare, and few collectors, regardless of gender, focused exclusively on amassing art by women. Luckily for museumgoers, visionary Philadelphia-based art collector Linda Lee Alter had little regard for such conventions as she built a collection of woman-made art specifically to bequeath it to a public institution. This catalog was created in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where Alter eventually donated her collection. The fully illustrated catalog features erudite, interesting essays by an internationally diverse group of scholars and curators who focus on Alter's collection: 500 works of art from around the world (all by women artists of the past 50 years) that are stylistically and materially diverse, including paintings, photographs, drawings, watercolors, pastels, collage, prints, fabric pieces, ceramics, bronze, wood, and sculpture in other media. VERDICT This wonderful book is an inspiration; recommended for readers interested in contemporary art, collectors, and collecting, as well as feminism.—Jennifer H. Krivickas, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781555953898
  • Publisher: Hudson Hills
  • Publication date: 1/16/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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    A long overdue major museum exhibition of art by women, May 1, 2

    A long overdue major museum exhibition of art by women, May 1, 2013By Grady Harp 
    There are several approaches to evaluating this very well designed, well written, well documented, extravagantly illustrated book that serves as a catalogue for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibition of art by women. Some will shout `Bravo! - it is about time women artists were honored in such a manner, others will say that other museums in this country and in Europe have already curated such an exhibition, others will say that too many important artists were not included, and still others would say that presenting the art by women artists makes them appear as a subgroup of real art - that women and men together in an exhibition that perhaps honors women's role in the arts would be more dignified. And each stance deserves respect and credibility.

    But there is an important factor in this exhibition and catalogue THE FEMALE GAZE. The actual exhibition honors an inspired addition to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' venerable holdings. Collector, philanthropist, and artist Linda Lee Alter has donated over 500 works in every style and medium imaginable. Alter began collecting art by women in the mid 1980s after finding a dearth of female artists represented in museums and galleries. She collected a variety of art in different styles and media. This collection, along with PAFA's existing collection, which many critics have praised as having a 200-year history of justly exhibiting art by women, makes this exhibition of rather singular importance. The works in this exhibition catalogue may be all by women artists but the label ends there: the art here includes works from the schools as follows: abstract, representational, conceptual; personal and political; militant and conventional; academic and outsider.
    The book opens with an erudite introduction by Robert Cozzolino, Senior Curator an Curator of Modern Art, an informative essay by Diane Burko about the artist and donor Linda Lee Alter, an extended conversation between Cozzolino and Alter, and essays by Anna Havermann, Janine Mileaf, Melanie Anne Herzog, Anna C. Chave, Joanna Garner-Huggett, Jodi Throckmorton, Glenn Adamson, Michele Wallace and more by Robert Cozzolino. These very readable and informative essays cover the many aspects of women in art including feminism, breaking racial barriers and gender barriers, and in general, a solid history of art In America which now finally includes, automatically, art by women!
    Then the feast begins. Included on this succulent volume are the works of well-known women artists as well as women artists too early forgotten and those yet to gain international acclaim. The effect is staggering in the way the book is designed and with the high quality of color reproductions of the art on display. Each artist in this collection is honored with a brief biography and image assembled by Mey-Yen Moriuchi. The front cover of the book is a reproduction of Judith Taylor's mysterious `Conversation and Laments: Promenade' and the back cover is a luminous reproduction of the immensely gifted painter Jacquelyn McBain - `St. Joan of Arc Burned as a Witch and Herbalist'. These two works set the tone for this very rich book on the importance of women in art. While there are artists of great importance, other women artists who are not included, the representation here is an investment in ideology and history, and the book itself is an artwork! Grady Harp

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