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 Pollocks critique of Art Historys 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 Womens 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.