WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution / Edition 1

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Overview

There had never been art like the art produced by women artists in the
1970s ;and there has never been a book with the ambition and scope of this one about that groundbreaking era. WACK! documents and illustrates the impact of the feminist revolution on art made between 1965 and 1980, featuring pioneering and influential works by artists who came of age during that period ;Chantal Akerman, Lynda Benglis,
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Valie Export, Mary Heilmann, Sanja Ivekovič, Ana
Mendieta, Annette Messager, and others ;as well as important works made in those years by artists whose whose careers were already well established, including Louise
Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Lucy Lippard, Alice Neel,
and Yoko Ono.

The art surveyed in WACK!
includes work by more than 120 artists, in all media ;from painting and sculpture to photography, film, installation, and video ;arranged not by chronology but by theme:
Abstraction, "Autophotography," Body as Medium, Family Stories, Gender Performance,
Knowledge as Power, Making Art History, and others. WACK!, which accompanies the first international museum exhibition to showcase feminist art from this revolutionary era, contains more than 400 color images. Highlights include the figurative paintings of Joan Semmel; the performance and film collaborations of
Sally Potter and Rose English; the untitled film stills of Cindy Sherman; and the large-scale, craft-based sculptures of Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Written entries on each artist offer key biographical and descriptive information and accompanying essays by leading critics, art historians,
and scholars offer new perspectives on feminist art practice. The topics ;including the relationship between American and European feminism, feminism and New York abstraction, and mapping a global feminism ;provide a broad social context for the artworks themselves. WACK! is both a definitive visual record and a long-awaited history of one of the most important artistic movements of the twentieth century.

Essays by:Cornelia Butler, Judith Russi
Kirshner, Catherine Lord, Marsha Meskimmon, Richard Meyer, Helen Molesworth, Peggy
Phelan, Nelly Richard, Valerie Smith, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Jenni
Sorkin

Artists include:Marina Abramović ;, Chantal Akerman, Lynda
Benglis, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Lygia Clark, Jay DeFeo, Mary
Beth Edelson, Valie Export, Barbara Hammer, Susan Hiller, Joan Jonas, Mary Kelly,
Maria Lassnig, Linda Montano, Alice Neel, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O'Grady, Pauline
Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Orlan, Howardena Pindell, Yvonne Rainer, Faith Ringgold, Ketty
La Rocca, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Betye Saar, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee
Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, and Hannah Wilke.

The MIT Press

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a cultural excavation project: Much of the work here hasn't been seen in decades. But it's also an argument for the revision of recent art history." Robert L. Pincus San Diego Union-Tribute
Bookforum

An indispensable refernece book that aims to return the achievements of the women's movement in art to their deserved place at the center of art-historical discourse.

San Diego Union-Tribute - Robert L. Pincus

This is a cultural excavation project: Much of the work here hasn't been seen in decades. But it's also an argument for the revision of recent art history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914357995
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Gabrielle Mark is Director of Publications at The Museum of Contemporary Art,
Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Art and Feminism, by Cornelia ButlerPlatesArtist BiographiesChronology through Cartography, by Marsha MeskimmonThe Woman Who Never Was, by Abigail
Solomon-GodeauThe Returns of Touch, by Peggy PhelanHard Targets, by Richard
MeyerVoices and Images of Italian Feminism, by Judith Russi KirshnerAbundant
Evidence, by Valerie SmithFugitive Identities and Dissenting Code-Systems, by Nelly
RichardPainting with Ambivalence, by Helen MolesworthTheir Memory Is Playing Tricks on Her, by Catherine LordThe Feminist Hand, by Jenni SorkinSelected Chronology of
All-Women Group Exhibitions, 1943--83Checklist of the Exhibition

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