Painter Ray Mack shoplifts from the dudes of art history. I first encountered Ray Mack’s art when we attended grad school together.
I was instantly drawn to her playful, irreverent, and super smart paintings and the obvious feminist perspective behind them. Mack’s work combines a childish sense of humor and style with the oil painting technique, compositional eye, and art historical references of a well trained and highly skilled artist. Using what she calls a “shoplifting mentality toward making,” her paintings riff off works by well known dudes, using humor to insert her own perspective into a male-dominated view of the art historical canon. Paintings by Mack are currently on display along with work by Bean Gilsdorf and a print by Marshall Elliot at Bass & Reiner Gallery in San Francisco. Many of Mack’s latest pieces play with pieces by painter, magazine cover artist, and ultimate representation of Americana Norman Rockwell. You can view Ray Mack’s oil paintings at Bass & Reiner through June 4, 2016 and on her website.
Feminism & Feminist Art - The Feminist Art History Archive. Feminist art history must be considered as part of this discussion.
Its proponents have demanded that women's arts from all cultures, of all periods, be included in studies and exhibitions of art. In 1971 Linda Nochlin (American, contemporary art critic) wrote a landmark article, "Why Have There Been No GREAT Women Artists? " giving tremendous momentum to feminist scholarship concerning women in the arts. Numerous histories of women artists were published in the 1970s, and several others have appeared in the years since then. Before the late 1960s most women artists, struggling to participate in the male-dominated art world, had overwhelming disincentives to put feminist meanings into their work, and sought to de-gender their art. 1. 2. Feminism & Feminist Art - The Feminist Art History Archive. Feminist Art Movement, Artists and Major Works. "Because we are denied knowledge of our history, we are deprived of standing upon each other's shoulders and building upon each other's hard earned accomplishments.
Instead we are condemned to repeat what others have done before us and thus we continually reinvent the wheel. " Synopsis The Feminist art movement emerged in the late 1960s amidst the fervor of anti-war demonstrations as well as civil and queer rights movements. Hearkening back to the utopian ideals of early twentieth-century modernist movements, Feminist artists sought to change the world around them through their art, focusing on intervening in the established art world, the art historical canon, as well as everyday social interactions.
As artist Suzanne Lacy declared, the goal of Feminist art was to "influence cultural attitudes and transform stereotypes. " Key Ideas. Feminist art. 1 of 6 Introduction to feminist art In 1971 the art historian Linda Nochlin published a groundbreaking essay Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
In it she investigated the social and economic factors that had prevented talented women from achieving the same status as their male counterparts. By the 1980s art historians such as Griselda Pollock and Rozsika Parker were going further, to examine the language of art history with its gender-loaded terms such as ‘old master’ and ‘masterpiece’. They questioned the central place of the female nude in the western canon, asking why men and women are represented so differently. Feminist art. History Historically, we probably cannot find a female artist that matches up to Michelangelo or Da Vinci primarily because women were excluded from training as artists- especially when it came to studying the human body and thus having to see a nude model.
Towards the end of the 1960s, the feminist art movement emerged during a time where the idea that women were fundamentally inferior to men was criticized- especially in the art world. In "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists" Linda Nochlin wrote, “The fault lies not in our stars, our hormones, our menstrual cycles, or our empty internal spaces, but in our institutions and our education”. Through various media, women artists brought to light a patriarchal history in which the majority of the most famous works of art were made by men and made for men. After the 1960s, we begin to see the birth of new media and the gradual decline of gender discrimination in art.
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