Between Union and Liberation: Women Artists in South Africa 1910-1994 (Hardback)
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Between Union and Liberation: Women Artists in South Africa 1910-1994 (Hardback)

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Hardback 254 Pages / Published: 27/05/2005
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The essays collected here investigate art made by women in South Africa between 1910, the year of Union, and 1994, the year of the first democratic election. During this period, complex political circumstances and the impact of modernism in South Africa affected the production of images and objects. The essays explore the ways in which the socio-political circumstances associated with twentieth-century modernity had a paradoxical impact on women. If some were empowered, others were disadvantaged: while some were able to further their social and cultural development and expression, the advancement of others was impeded. The contributors study the lives and achievements of women - named and un-named, black and white, and from different cultural groups and social contexts - and consider objects and images that are historically associated with both 'art' and 'craft'. In all the essays, gender theory is related to South African circumstances. The volume explores gender theory in relation to twentieth-century visual culture and discusses economic conditions and regional geographies as well as notions of identity. It investigates the influence of educational and cultural institutions, the role of theory on art practice, debates about material culture, the power of nationalist ideologies and the role of feminist theories in a changing country. A wide range of visual images and objects provide the touchstone for debate and analysis - paintings, sculptures, photography, baskets, tapestries, embroideries and ceramics - so that the book is richly visual and celebrates the diversity of South African art made by women.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780754632405
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This is a remarkable celebration of the creative endeavours of women artists in south Africa from 1910 to 1994' Women's History Magazine

'Between Union and Liberation is an admirable book and fulfils its task competently within its specified parameters... it makes a constructive contribution to the discourse.' De Art April 2006

'This is an important book and its essays make significant contributions to the field of art history in South Africa. They bring forth new material and offer fresh insights into old material. Gathered here, they confront gender biases and sexism within art historical discourse and social practice. We can only benefit from such a book.' H-New Book Review, Feb 06

'Between Union and Liberation: Women Artists in South Africa 1910-1994 is a valuable book for several reasons...The book underscores tensions among people with similar skin colors, thus it counters the popular notion (troublingly prevalent outside of South Africa) that identity in the twentieth century was reduced to black and white.' African Arts

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