Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on the fullest range of current theoretical perspectives, works by women artists of the twentieth century are examined in terms of themes such as the mother, the body, the land and history/memory.
In Generations and Geographies in the Visual Achallenge of Arts: Feminist Readings the challenge of contemporary feminist theory encounters the provocation of the visual arts made by women in the twentieth century. The major issue is difference: sexual, cultural and social. The book points to the singularity of each artist's creative negotiation of time and historical and political circumstance. Griselda Pollock calls attention to the significance of place, location and cultural diversity, connecting issues of sexuality to those of nationality, imperialism, migration, diaspora and genocide.
Table of Contents
The politics of theory : generations and geographies in feminist theory and the histories of art histories / Griselda Pollock -- Reading art? / Mieke Bal -- The knotted subject : hysteria, Irma and Cindy Sherman / Elisabeth Bronfen -- Gossip as testimony : a postmodern signature / Irit Rogoff -- The Venus Pudica : uncovering art history's 'hidden agendas' and pernicious pedigrees / Nanette Salomon -- On viewing three paintings by Jenny Saville : rethinking a feminist practice of painting / Alison Rowley -- Orlan Artist in the post-human age of mechanical reincarnation : body as ready (to be re-) made / Michelle Hirschhorn -- The anorexic body : contemporary installation art by women artists in Canada / Judith Mastai -- Beach House / Lubaina Himid -- Mother figures : the maternal nude in the work of Kèathe Kollwitz and Paula Modersohn-Becker / Rosemary Betterton -- Mother's anger and mother's desire : the work of Re-Hyun Park / Young-Paik Chun -- Cecilia Vicuäna's Ouvrage : knot a not, notes as knots / Cathâerine de Zegher -- 'Resting' in history : translating the art of Jin-me Yoon / Brenda Lafleur -- Embodied geographies : subjectivity and materiality in the work of Ana Mendieta / Anne Raine -- Comfort women : women of conformity : the work of Shimada Yoshiko / Hagiwara Hiroko -- Gleaning in history or coming after/behind the reapers : the feminine, the stranger and the matrix in the work and theory of Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger / Griselda Pollock.