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Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology-a truly groundbreaking book published by I.B.Tauris
This beautifully illustrated classic - a groundbreaking and challenging rediscovery of women artists through history - is now updated and questions whether the feminist critique of Art History, even now, has effected any real change.
LONDON.- How was it possible, by the later twentieth century, to have erased women as artists from art history so comprehensively that the idea of ‘the artist’ was exclusively masculine? Why was this erasure more radical in the twentieth century than ever before? Why is everything that compromises greatness in art coded as ‘feminine’? Has the feminist critique of Art History history yet effected real change?

With a new Preface by Griselda Pollock, this new edition of a truly groundbreaking book offers a radical challenge to a women-free Art History. Parker and Pollock’s critique of Art History’s sexism leads to expanded, inclusive readings of the art of the past. They demonstrate how the changing historical social realities of gender relations and women artists’ translation of gendered conditions into their works provide keys to novel understandings of why we might study the art of the past. They go further to show how such knowledge enables us to understand art by contemporary artists who are women and can contribute to the changing self-perception and creative work of artists today.

‘This is not a nostalgic project but one of understanding the research, art practices, and thinking of the last 40 years.’ – Hilary Robinson, Professor of Art Theory & Criticism, Carnegie Mellon University ‘Passionate, provocative, path breaking – Old Mistresses is a classic that is as crucial today as it was in 1980.’ – Ruth E. Iskin, author Modern Women & Parisian Consumer Culture in Impressionist Painting.

Rozsika Parker (1945-2010) was a writer and critic in Art History & Psychoanalysis and a psychotherapist. Her books include Framing Feminism: Art and the Women’s Movement 1970-1985 (with Griselda Pollock), Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence and The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine (I.B.Tauris new edition, 2010).

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History, University of Leeds. Her books include Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art and Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum (2007). She is editor of Conceptual Odysseys: Passages to Cultural Analysis (2009) and, with Antony Bryant, of Digital and Other Virtualities (2010, both I.B.Tauris) She is Series Editor of Tauris’ New Encounters series.



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July 8, 2013

National Museum of Scotland explores the myths that surround Mary, Queen of Scots

"Legends of Baseball's Dead Ball Era (1900-1919) from the Burdick Collection" opens at the Metropolitan

"Out of the Fire: Sultry Ceramics" featuring 20 artists opens at Joan B. Mirviss Ltd in New York

David Tunick will offer some of his favorite Master Drawings and Prints at "Dealer's Choice" Summer Showcase

Swiss Abstractionist is subject of latest Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery exhibition

"Model/Arbus: Great Photographs of the 20th Century" opens at Hasted Kraeutler

Stephen Walter's iconic London maps on view in new exhibition at the Londonewcastle Project Space

Pangolin opens a selling exhibition that explores the dialogue between two traditionally segregated media

Barnebys: An innovative new auction search service launches in the United Kingdom

First career solo exhibition of the multifaceted artist Martín Gutierrez opens at Ryan Lee

Exhibition serves as a separate chapter discussing various functions that art can assume

Rolls-Royce used as frontline dental surgery during WWI estimated to sell for £600,000 at Bonhams

Cynthia-Reeves Projects installs Chuck Ginnever's "High Rise" at Riverside Park on the Hudson River

Greenhill announces re-branding

The CAC Malaga presents the first exhibition in Spain of Subodh Gupta's work

New commissions by international artists lead programme for Manchester Festival

IAIN BAXTER& and Adam Chodzko elaborate installations at Raven Row

Looking in: Photographic portraits by Maud Sulter and Chan-Hyo Bae opens at Ben Uri Museum & Gallery

Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology-a truly groundbreaking book published by I.B.Tauris

Italian artist Rossella Biscotti opens exhibition at Vienna's Secession

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