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A Companion to Feminist Art




A Companion to Feminist Art

Hilary Robinson (Editor), Maria Elena Buszek (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-92919-3 June 2019 Wiley-Blackwell 592 Pages

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Original essays offering fresh ideas and global perspectives on contemporary feminist art

The term ‘feminist art’ is often misused when viewed as a codification within the discipline of Art History—a codification that includes restrictive definitions of geography, chronology, style, materials, influence, and other definitions inherent to Art Historical and museological classifications. Employing a different approach, A Companion to Feminist Art defines ‘art’ as a dynamic set of material and theoretical practices in the realm of culture, and ‘feminism’ as an equally dynamic set of activist and theoretical practices in the realm of politics. Feminist art, therefore, is not a simple classification of a type of art, but rather the space where feminist politics and the domain of art-making intersect. The Companion provides readers with an overview of the developments, concepts, trends, influences, and activities within the space of contemporary feminist art—in different locations, ways of making, and ways of thinking.

Newly-commissioned essays focus on the recent history of and current discussions within feminist art. Diverse in scope and style, these contributions range from essays on the questions and challenges of large sectors of artists, such as configurations of feminism and gender in post-Cold War Europe, to more focused conversations with women artists on Afropean decoloniality. Ranging from discussions of essentialism and feminist aesthetics to examinations of political activism and curatorial practice, the Companion informs and questions readers, introduces new concepts and fresh perspectives, and illustrates just how much more there is to discover within the realm of feminist art.

  • Addresses the intersection between feminist thinking and major theories that have influenced art theory
  • Incorporates diverse voices from around the world to offer viewpoints on global feminisms from scholars who live and work in the regions about which they write
  • Examines how feminist art intersects with considerations of collectivity, war, maternal relationships, desire, men, and relational aesthetics
  • Explores the myriad ways in which the experience of inhabiting and perceiving aged, raced, and gendered bodies relates to feminist politics in the art world
  • Discusses a range practices in feminism such as activism, language, education, and different ways of making art

The intersection of feminist art-making and feminist politics are not merely components of a unified whole, they sometimes diverge and divide. A Companion to Feminist Art is an indispensable resource for artists, critics, scholars, curators, and anyone seeking greater strength on the subject through informed critique and debate.

Part I: Geographies

Chapter 1
Julie Ewington

Recurring Questions, Cyclical Energies: A History of Issues in Feminist Art Practices in Australia

Chapter 2
María Laura Rosa translated by Maria Elena Buszek

Debunking the Patriarchy: Feminist Collectives in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Perú

Chapter 3
Gayatri Sinha

Women Artists: Making a Subject Space in India

Chapter 4
Karen Von Veh

Feminism as Activism in Contemporary South African Art

Chapter 5
Ebru Yetişkin

Moving Towards Paratactical Curating: A Critical Overview of Feminist Curating In Istanbul In The 21st Century

Chapter 6
Alexandra Kokoli

Crossing Borders and Other Dividers in (Western) Europe and The British Isles

Chapter 7
Martina Pachmanova

From Within, From Without: Configurations of Feminism, Gender and Art in Post-Wall Europe

Chapter 8
Mira Schor

Wheels and Waves in the U.S.: Amnesiac Return Amnesiac Return

Part II: Being 

Chapter 9
Amelia Jones

Essentialism, Feminism, and Art:  Spaces where Woman ‘Oozes Away’

Chapter 10
Michelle Meagher

Feminism: Age

Chapter 11
Lubaina Himid

Letters to Susan

Chapter 12
Richard Meyer

Feminist Art Re-covered

Chapter 13
Eliza Steinbock

Collecting Creative Transcestors: Trans Portraiture History, from Snapshots to Sculpture

Part III: Doing

Chapter 14
Hilary Robinson

Witness It: Activism, Art, and the Feminist Performative Subject

Chapter 15
Griselda Pollock

“Feminism and Language

Chapter 16
Harriet Riches

Busy Hands, Light Work: Hand-made Photographs and the ‘New Materiality’

Chapter 17
Maria Fernandez

Reading Posthumanism in Feminist New Media Art

Chapter 18
Day Gluckman

Curating and Exhibition: Finding Ourselves Feminist

Chapter 19
Felicity Allen

Erasure, Transformation and the Politics of Pedagogy as Feminist Artistic/Curatorial Practice

Part IV: Thinking

Chapter 20
Marsha Meskimmon

Art Matters: Feminist Corporeal-Materialist Aesthetics

Chapter 21
Jaleh Mansoor

The Hidden Abode Beneath/ Behind/ Beyond the Factory Floor, Gendered Labour, and The Human Strike: Claire Fontaine’s Italian Marxist Feminism

Chapter 22
Tirza Latimer

Dear World: Arts and Theories of Queer Feminism

Chapter 23
Susan Best

Psychoanalysis and Affect Theory

Chapter 24
Alanna Lockward

Call & Response: Conversations with Three Women Artists on Afropean Decoloniality

Part V: Relating

Chapter 25
Amy Tobin

On Feminism, Art and Collaboration

Chapter 26
Siona Wilson

Opening the Patriarchive: Photography, Feminism, and State Violence

Chapter 27
Natalie Loveless

Maternal Mattering: The Performance and Politics of the Maternal in Contemporary Art

Chapter 28
Tanya Augsburg

Ars Eroticas of Their Own Making: Explicit Sexual Imagery in American Feminist Art

Chapter 29
Angela Dimitrakaki

Masculinity, Art, and Value Extraction: An Intersectional Reading in the Advance of Capital as Post-democracy

Chapter 30
Jill Bennett

New Subjects and Subjectivities