Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? (Hardback)
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Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? (Hardback)

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Hardback 112 Pages / Published: 14/01/2021
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Linda Nochlin's seminal essay on women artists is widely acknowledged as the first real attempt at a feminist history of art. Nochlin refused to handle the question of why there had been no 'great women artists' on its own, corrupted, terms. Instead, she dismantled the very concept of 'greatness', unravelling the basic assumptions that had centred a male-coded 'genius' in the study of art. With unparalleled insight and startling wit, Nochlin laid bare the acceptance of a white male viewpoint in art historical thought as not merely a moral failure, but an intellectual one. Freedom, as she sees it, requires women to risk entirely demolishing the art world's institutions, and rebuilding them anew - in other words, to leap into the unknown.

In this stand-alone anniversary edition, Nochlin's essay is published alongside its reappraisal, 'Thirty Years After'. Written in an era of thriving feminist theory, as well as queer theory, race and postcolonial studies, 'Thirty Years After' is a striking reflection on the emergence of a whole new canon. With reference to Joan Mitchell, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman and many more, Nochlin diagnoses the state of women and art with unmatched precision and verve. 'Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?' has become a slogan and rallying cry that resonates across culture and society; Dior even adopted it in their 2018 collections. In the 2020s, at a time when 'certain patriarchal values are making a comeback', Nochlin's message could not be more urgent: as she herself put it in 2015, 'there is still a long way to go'.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500023846
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 176 x 110 mm
Edition: 50th Anniversary Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Brilliant ... Nochlin, when you agree with her and when you don't, is unputdownable' - Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times
'Linda Nochlin's brilliant essay burst upon us in 1971, illuminating the half-empty landscape of art history and opening the way for new feminist thinking about women, art and society. Even as we now know that there have been many great women artists past and present, we still need Linda's sharp analysis of social institutions, prejudice and systemic failure to foster the creativity of all women and learn from their unique and diverse perspectives' - Professor Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds), Laureate of the Holberg Prize for Arts and Humanities 2020
'Passionate and provocative ... helped to shatter the illusion that art history is universal and, in doing so, changed the field forever ... We need to question conventional ways of thinking, writing, seeing, and challenge contradictions. These bold and candid essays provide readers with the tools to do so' - The Art Newspaper
'Ground-breaking, written with wit and in a conversational style rarely seen in academic studies' - ArtReview
'As relevant as ever on the burning issues of gender, class and exclusion' - Elephant

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