Art criticism and the state of feminist art criticism

Deepwell, Katy ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Art criticism and the state of feminist art criticism. Arts, 9 (1) , 28. ISSN 2076-0752 [Article] (doi:10.3390/arts9010028)

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This essay is in four parts. The first offers a critique of James Elkins and Michael Newman’s book The State of Art Criticism (Routledge, 2008) for what it tells us about art criticism in academia and journalism and feminism; the second considers how a gendered analysis measures the “state” of art and art criticism as a feminist intervention; and the third, how neo-liberal mis-readings of Linda Nochlin and Laura Mulvey in the art world represent feminism in ideas about “greatness” and the “gaze”, whilst avoiding feminist arguments about women artists or their work, particularly on “motherhood”. In the fourth part, against the limits of the first three, the state of feminist art criticism across the last fifty years is reconsidered by highlighting the plurality of feminisms in transnational, transgenerational and progressive alliances.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Reconsidering the State(s) of Criticism.
This special issue belongs to the section "Visual Arts".
Keywords (uncontrolled): Feminism, feminist art criticism, feminist art, art criticism
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > CREATE/Feminisms cluster
Item ID: 27584
Notes on copyright: © 2020 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
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Depositing User: Katy Deepwell
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2020 10:26

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