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Women, Art, and Society

World of Art

Fifth Edition


Whitney Chadwick (Author, San Francisco State University)

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The definitive work on the subject, mapping a complete history of women artists from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today

This 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 have often been neglected, Whitney Chadwick’s survey reexamines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender. This revised edition features a new final chapter that charts the evolution of feminist art history and pedagogy since the 1970s. It is brought up to date with discussions of some of the most significant women artists to have emerged in recent years, including Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Saville, and Teresa Margolles.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-500-20405-4
  • 6 × 8.2 in / 536 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“A highly successful work.” — Choice

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