Radical Eroticism: Women, Art, and Sex in the 1960s

Radical Eroticism: Women, Art, and Sex in the 1960s

by Rachel Middleman

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In the 1960s, the fascination with erotic art generated a wave of exhibitions and critical discussion on sexual freedom, visual pleasure, and the nude in contemporary art. Radical Eroticism examines the importance of women’s contributions in fundamentally reconfiguring representations of sexuality across several areas of advanced art—performance, pop, postminimalism, and beyond. This study shows that erotic art made by women was integral to the profound changes that took place in American art during the sixties, from the crumbling of modernist aesthetics and the expanding field of art practice to the emergence of the feminist art movement. Artists Carolee Schneemann, Martha Edelheit, Marjorie Strider, Hannah Wilke, and Anita Steckel created works that exemplify these innovative approaches to the erotic, exploring female sexual subjectivities and destabilizing assumptions about gender. Rachel Middleman reveals these artists’ radical interventions in both aesthetic conventions and social norms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520294585
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 01/05/2018
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rachel Middleman is Assistant Professor of Art History at California State University, Chico.

Table of Contents


1. Performing Eros: Carolee Schneemann
2. Figures of Fantasy: Martha Edelheit
3. Pop Perversions: Marjorie Strider
4. Abstract Eroticism: Hannah Wilke
5. Gender Play: Anita Steckel

List of Illustrations


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