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Women and Art in South Africaby Marion Arnold
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In this pioneering study, Marion Arnold explores the connections, hitherto hidden or neglected, between women and art in South Africa. By doing so, she recovers the rich histories of South African women artists and celebrates their creativity in the visual arts. In a series of related essays teeming with fresh insights, Marion Arnold asks new questions about the ways women have portrayed themselves, depicted landscapes, painted images of plants and sculpted the body. She examines, too, portraits of women (both black and white) in service and the long history of representations (usually by men) of the female 'other'. Throughout the book, the connections Marion Arnold makes between ideas, artists and their works are always illuminating and often unexpected. Here are not only familiar names viewed afresh - such as Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Helen Sebidi and Jane Alexander - but lesser-known artists who are rediscovered and brought to life.
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The cover art by Arnold (U. of Stellenbosch) exemplifies the unique meld of the traditional and the contemporary in 20th century South African women's visual arts. Her essays celebrate this under- recognized creativity in the context of a history of marginality:(to men, and in the case of black women, to the dominant culture as well. Issues probed include the effects of this subjugation; connections to the land, nature, and the body; and contemplations on self and womanhood. Includes a biographical listing of artists such as Jane Alexander, Maggie Laubser, Mmakgabo M.H. Sebidi, and Irma Stern. B&w and color photos.
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