Feminist Art

Topics: Gender, Woman, Sociology Pages: 3 (787 words) Published: November 12, 2010
Feminist Art

The subject of Feminist art has been debated for many years. Female artiste worked anonymously in a society, obsessed with male dominance for a long time, examples of women artistes before 19th cent are rare. They encountered a clash between their roles as Mothers, householders, workers etc in the society where males imposed patriarchal social systems and hence restricting a female’s artistic (along with her political, social) expression. significant in the dominant culture's patriarchal heritage is the preponderance of art made by males, and for male audiences, sometimes against females. Men maintained a system which excluded women from training as artists, or even selling their works. These events took a turn for good with the advent of feminism in the 1960s. At this time the United States experienced social upheaval coming with the Civil Rights Movement, economic prosperity, and reforms in the Catholic Church. Many other countries experienced social unrest of various kinds during this period. women were now educated, independent and sought a more positive role in the society. Consequently feminist art arose from the concerns of artists of one gender, begging the elemental question, what makes male art different from female art. Lucy R. Lippard in her feminist art essay raises a similar question Is there an art unique to women?, Lippard finds herself convinced that some characteristic features are necessarily feminist and hence inaccessible to men. Her social experience, her attitude towards her society would vary from that of a man’s, especially since her (a woman’s) experience of being a woman is naturally unique. more often than not feminist art have been about women's power in arenas of which sexuality (reproductive acts and roles) is an important part. According to Lippard With more mature understanding of their influence of consciousness raising experience, female art have moved from a neutralized to an overt contact with focus on...
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