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Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History: Hammond, Harmony

Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History

Hammond, Harmony

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ISBN 10: 0847822486 / ISBN 13: 9780847822485
Published by Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cloth, 208 pp., illus. (some col.), ports. (some col.), bib. notes, index; 28 cm. SIGNED. Boldly signed by the author Harmony Hammond, on the title page, no dedication. A fine copy of the first printing. Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. OVERSIZE! No priority/air, except by special arrangement. Written by the pioneering lesbian feminist artist Harmony Hammond, this large, richly-illustrated book includes: Kate Millett, Hollis Sigler, Louise Fishman, Joan Snyder, Linda Matalon, Fran Winant, Millie Wilson, Janet Cooling, Deborah Kass, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Nicole Eisenman, Judith F. Baca, Catherine Opie, Zoe Leonard, Leone and Macdonald, Laura Aguilar and Mary Patten. CONTENTS: Representing the Lesbian Nation: The 70's; Remembering the Lesbian Body: The 80's; Lesbianizing the Queer Field and Other Creative Trangressions: The 90's. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 052529

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Title: Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary ...

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: SIGNED

Edition: 1st.

Book Type: Collectible

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The first history of lesbian art in the United States, this volume documents works since 1970 within the context of gay culture and political activism. Authoritative and engaging, this is a "from the trenches" story of which women made what, when, and where. Hammond moves from the mainstream art world to alternative venues, weaving a compelling narrative complete with critical and theoretical discourse. Profiles of 18 prominent lesbian artists, from Kate Millett and Joan Snyder to Deborah Kass and Catherine Opie, complete this groundbreaking contribution to contemporary art history.


It is no surprise to see a photograph by Catherine Opie on the front of this handsome and groundbreaking volume on lesbian art. Opie is now represented in most of the best public collections in America, and her inclusion, along with the current rise of Nicole Eisenman, suggests that the market for specifically lesbian imagery (as opposed to erotica, which has always had an audience) has finally widened to include the great art institutions that still set the canon for contemporary art. Although the text of Harmony Hammond's wonderfully rich book is a little too dense for casual consumption, the history she offers--especially of the middle decade represented here, the 1980s, with its porn wars and the emergence of both postmodernism and postfeminism alongside a remarkable boom in the art market--can be found nowhere else, and certainly not in so graceful a form, lavishly illustrated and perceptively annotated. --Regina Marler

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