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Mirror Images Women, Surrealism, and Self-Representation

by Whitney Chadwick

  • ISBN: 9780262531573
  • ISBN10: 0262531577

Mirror Images Women, Surrealism, and Self-Representation

by Whitney Chadwick

  • List Price: $45.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780262531573
  • ISBN10: 0262531577
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Description: During The 1930s and 194Os, women artists associated with the Surrealist movement produced a significant body of self-images that have no equivalent among the works of their male colleagues. While male artists exalted woman's otherness in fetishized images, women artists explored their own subjective worlds. The self-images of Claude Cahun. Dorothea Tanning. Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Meter Oppenheim, Remedios Varo, Kay Sage. and others both internalize and challenge conventions for representing femininity, the female body, and female subjectivity. Many of the representational strategies employed by these pioneers continue to resonate in the work of contemporary women artists. The words "Surrealist" and" surrealism" appear frequently in discussions of such contemporary artists as Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Kiki Smith. Dorothy Cross, Michiko Kon, and Paula Santiago.

This book, which accompanies an exhibition organized by the MIT List Visual ArTs Center, explores specific aspects of the relationship between historic and contemporary work in the context of Surrealism. The contributors reexamine art historical assumptions about gender, identity, and intergenerational legacies within modernist and postmodernist frameworks. questions raised include: how did women in both groups draw from their experiences of gender and sexuality? What do contemporary artistic practices involving the use of body images owe to the earlier examples of both female and male Surrealists? What is the relationship between self-image and self-knowledge?

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