Women, Art and Society

World of Art

Women, Art, and Society

  1. Whitney Chadwick
  • ISBN 9780500204054
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 552pp
  • 339 Illustrations, 119 in colour
  • First published 2012
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Fifth Edition

‘Packed with information, controversy, argument 
and very good art’ – Times Educational Supplement
‘An enormously useful work’ – Sunday Times

Whitney Chadwick’s acclaimed study challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule who ‘transcended’ their sex to produce major works of art.

While acknowledging the many women whose contributions to visual culture since the Middle Ages have often been neglected, Chadwick’s survey amounts to much more than an alternative canon of women artists: it re-examines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender. In her discussion of feminism and its influence on such a reappraisal, the author also addresses the closely related issues of ethnicity, class, 
and sexuality.

This revised edition features a completely new chapter that charts the evolution of feminist art history and pedagogy since the 1970s, revealing how artists have developed and subverted the strategies of feminism.

It is brought up to date with a discussion of some of the most significant international women artists to have emerged in recent years, including Wangechi Mutu, Pae White, Yael Bartana, Jenny Saville, 
and Teresa Margolles.

Whitney Chadwick was educated at Middlebury College and The Pennsylvania State University. She specializes in twentieth-century European and American art and her other books include Myth in Surrealist Painting, Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership (edited with Isabelle de Courtivron), Leonora Carrington: la realidad de la imaginacion, Mirror Images: Women, Surrealism, and Self-Representation (with Dawn Ades), and Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks. She is a frequent contributor on women’s art to conferences and periodicals and has lectured widely on Surrealism, feminism, and contemporary art in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University.