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BOOK: WHITNEY CHADWICK "WOMEN, ART AND SOCIETY"

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Women, Art, and Society by Whitney Chadwick

Our reading recommendation this week goes to Whitney Chadwick’s “Women, Art and Society”. Chadwick’s acclaimed study challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule who ‘transcended’ their sex to produce major works of art.

While acknowledging the many women whose contributions to visual culture since the Middle Ages have often been neglected, Chadwick’s survey amounts to much more than an alternative canon of women artists: it re-examines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender. In her discussion of feminism and its influence on such a reappraisal, the author also addresses the closely related issues of ethnicity, class, and sexuality.