Feminist Art and the Avant-Garde Essay by The Research Group

Feminist Art and the Avant-Garde
A discussion of the emergence of radical feminist art and militant feminist artists of the 1970s.
# 24361 | 2,025 words | 9 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 12, 2003 in Women Studies (Feminism)


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Discusses emergence of radical feminist art & militant feminist artists of the 1970s. Work of Nancy Ellison, Alice Baber, Judy Chicago. Significant exhibitions including (Women Choose Women. Erotic Art by Women. Sexual Politics). Response & confrontation of the new avant-garde art. Major themes of 1970s feminist art. Political and aesthetic aspects.

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"Feminist Art and the Avant-Garde


It has been noted that the artist-driven nature of radical art exhibitions that reigned by the late 1960s, when museum and gallery curators were increasingly usurping the role of the impresario, museums themselves were replacing galleries as venues, and formerly subversive artists were becoming "tamed" by a ?society of mass consumption" (Altshuler, p. 220). While this statement is undoubtedly true, it is also true that with the emergence of radical feminist art and militant feminist artists in the 1970s, a new spirit of the avant-garde was born. The story of the avant-garde has typically been one of ?mutual support among a community and reception of art by a public, all participants enmeshed in systems of personal and economic relations (Altshuler, p. 8)."

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