Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and Histories of Art

Vision and Difference Femininity Feminism and Histories of Art The publication of Vision and Difference marked a milestone in the development of modern art history Its introduction of a feminist perspective into this largely male oriented discipline made shockwav

  • Title: Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and Histories of Art
  • Author: Griselda Pollock
  • ISBN: 9780415007221
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • The publication of Vision and Difference marked a milestone in the development of modern art history Its introduction of a feminist perspective into this largely male oriented discipline made shockwaves that are still felt forcefully today Drawing upon feminist cultural theory previously little applied to the visual arts, Griselda Pollock offers concrete historical anaThe publication of Vision and Difference marked a milestone in the development of modern art history Its introduction of a feminist perspective into this largely male oriented discipline made shockwaves that are still felt forcefully today Drawing upon feminist cultural theory previously little applied to the visual arts, Griselda Pollock offers concrete historical analyses of key moments in the formation of modern culture to reveal the sexual politics at the heart of modernist art Crucially, she not only provides a feminist re reading of the work of canonical male Impressionist and Pre Raphaelite artists including Edgar Degas and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but also re inserts into art history their female contemporaries women artists such as Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt Casting her critical eye over the contemporary art scene, Pollock discusses the work of women artists such as Mary Kelly and Yve Lomax, highlighting the problems of working in a culture where the feminine is still defined as the object of the male gaze.Now published with a new introduction by Griselda Pollock, Vision and Difference remains as powerful and as essential reading as ever for all those seeking not only to understand the history of the feminine in art but also to develop new strategies for representation for the future.

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    1. Along with Linda Nochlin, Griselda Pollock is undoubtedly one of the most significant figure in feminist art history. Her essays are written with great clarity and her ideas thoroughly excavated. She posed the questions of whether the belated inclusion of female artists in established art histories is truly appropriate and adequate, and explored the root errors dated back long before Manet's Olympia. Being a sterling researcher and unabashed champion of female artists, in her monographic essays [...]

    2. This book was a great read. It spoke mainly of four broad topics: the level to which sexism and misogyny are systematised in art history, the benefits to he had from incorporating Marxist and feminist theory to build a new art history, the creation of the individual creative masculine artist as a subject indépendant of its conditions throughout the modernist movement, and the voyeuristic and fetishistic dynamic which occupies the space of viewing art. Many great works analysed and used to back [...]

    3. Pollock analyses psychoanalytic theory in art in such a way that acknowledges some sillyness, but does not refute the field as one with strong attributes. Also, insisting on repositioning marxism as something outside of feminism is so obvious and refreshing to see in academia.

    4. This book taught me to think differently about history-- not just art history, but all of history and the political perspectives inherent within it. I highly reccomend this to everyone-- especially those with an interest in art.

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