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Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970’s History and Impact Paperback – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810926598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810926592
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Available in paperback for the first time, this landmark volume is the only comprehensive history of American feminist art available. Exhaustively researched, this book is encyclopedic in its documentation of the feminist art movement, which began more than 25 years ago in the United States, and that ultimately transformed the art world. The editors have brought together 18 influential art historians, critics, and artists to explore every aspect of feminist art. There are more than 270 illustrations (118 in full color) that feature the work of women painters, sculptors, photographers, and performance artists, and a fold-out, illustrated timeline presenting a selective chronology of important events in and surrounding the movement, from its earliest roots in the 1940s to the mid-1990s.

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Collection of essays exploring various aspects of the feminist art movement.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jokie X Wilson on May 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
The quality of the art covered in this book is highly uneven and many of the theories are terribly dated by today's standards. I get the impression that it was written more to promote the friends of the authors than to give an objective view of Feminist art. The Phaidon Press book, Art and Feminism (Themes & Movements), is MUCH better to the point that I am almost embarrassed to compare the two books.

There is a school of Feminist research that seems to equate technical accomplishment with patriarchy which conveniently allows mediocre art to seem quite important. Overall, the art in this book lacks guts, although some of it is good. Since it is no longer the only book of its type, get it only if you want to round off your collection. Otherwise, stick with the Phaidon Press book to which this one merely pales in comparrison.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Herrera on August 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is currently my favorite art book. This is great collection of the artwork produced by female artists during the women's movement in the 70's and 80's. This book also chronicles this art movement and it effect on the 80's and very early 90's. Including many articles and thorough documentation of artwork this book is a smart look the amazing art that women created.
This book is essential to truly understand modern art history.
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16 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book shows that white males are trying to keep women from showing their work. Well, women are producing work which challenges white patriarchal paradigms, and they are succeeding brilliantly. This is a wonderful compendium of knowledge and insight. I'm giving it to my adopted Chinese daughter.
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