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fem art

artwork by alfred stieglitz, 'georgia o'keeffe'

with all the buzz surrounding feminist art now, as seen in various thematic shows cropping up, like MOCA's latest survey WACK! (which i have yet to see, but will) and the constant dialog amongst such activists like anonymous female artist and eva lake....i got to thinking....just what IS feminist art?

i've never considered myself feminist, although i'm all for advancing equality between sexes. but, when it comes to my art....i'm not thinking 'gender' when i make the stuff. hell, i don't even know if you can really TELL if a man or a woman made it. does it smack of femininity?....rage against the oppression of a male dominated society? i just don't know...and maybe i'm too close to it to even see.

i do know that i can name a helluva lot more male artists than female, which is my own damned fault. but, i found a great site, authored by michael delahunt, upon googling 'feminist art.' there's a ton of information and a gob of links..

"in my heart, i think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist."
gloria steinhem (1934-), american feminist writer.


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Apr. 8th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
activism is personal
This may have to be an entry in my own place...

...but to make a long story way too short, it never became my thing until I looked back at a few decades.
During my 20s, my 30s, nada. No big thoughts that direction.

Then I started realizing (since I had the story all written down!) that certain assessments, certain comments, expectations - were like a broken record. Here we go again. And if they were gonna sing it, well, so could I - no? Let me be a part of this conversation!

I agree with Roberta Smith in her review recently. There is not Feminist stlye, but Feminism has had more influence than any art movement.
Apr. 8th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: activism is personal
ps that was eva.
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