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This text reviews feminist art strategies as they emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s in America and the UK. It draws together the views of prominent practitioners, critics, academics and curators on a broad range of controversial issues. The central focus of the book is feminism's engagement with psychoanalysis and post-modernism and its aim of deconstructing the borders between art and craft, and theory and practice. Feminist politics in the art world are also investigated through discussion of the negotiations of feminist curators, responses to feminist exhibitions, issues surrounding pornography and the censorship of women's work, and the role of feminist teaching on fine art and design degree courses. The book covers a variety of art work, including installation work, painting, textiles and photography.
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Most contributors to this readable volume attended the 1992 British conference "Feminist Art Criticism: Into the 1990s." In to-the-point, yet restrained, introductory comments, critic Deepwell defines feminism as "a broad umbrella for a diverse number of positions and strategies amongst women involved in the production, distribution, and consumption of art." Investigating these positions, some 22 short but effective essays are grouped by broad headings: "Between Theory and Practice," "Curatorship and the Art World," "On the Question of Censorship," "The Engagement with Psychoanalysis," and "Textiles." These challenging eyewitness accounts of recent feminist contributions to the art world are informative and absorbing reading. Well recommended for academic collections.?Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson State Univ., Md.
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Book Description Manchester Univ Pr, 1995. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP79960954