Two Modern Feminist Artists Comparison Essay by Write Fine

Two Modern Feminist Artists
Compares Louise Bourgeois's "Spider" and Louise Nevelson's "Sky Cathedral" as hallmarks in feminist art.
# 111712 | 1,300 words | 2 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 28, 2009 in Art (Artists) , Art (Sculpture) , Women Studies (Historical Figures) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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This paper discusses the lives of Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson by focusing on two examples of their artwork, which demonstrates feminism's entanglement with modern art in the United States. The author investigates, from an art history and cultural context, one representative large-scale work from each artist: Bourgeois' 1996-1997 sculpture "Spider" from the National Gallery of Art and Nevelson's most famous sculpture 1958 "Sky Cathedral" in the Smithsonian American Art Museum . The paper discusses how each of these two works challenges traditional notions of the "feminine" in positing new ideas of what it means to be female in the 20th century. The paper includes color photographs.

Table of Contents:
Louise Bourgeois' Spider
Louise Nevelson's Sky Cathedral
The Sculptures in Context

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chadwick, Whitney. 2002. Women, Art, and Society. London: Thames & Hudson.
  • Showalter, Elaine. 2007. Lumps, Bumps, Bulbs, Bubbles, Bulges, Slits, Turds, Coils, Craters, Wrinkles and Holes. Tate Etc. 11.

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