Review by Choice Review
This volume, the fifth edition in 22 years (1st ed., CH, Sep'90, 28-0068), must be acknowledged as a standard, highly successful work. In addition to new introductory remarks, this edition also offers a new final chapter titled "Enduring Legacy of Feminism"--a summary of significant recent contributions to the field. Chadwick (emer., San Francisco State Univ.) states that women artists are reexamining old assumptions and investigating new structures of meaning and experience. In the new chapter, she provides a sampling of contemporary women artists and claims that much of postmodern art has feminist art at its source. The author affirms Holland Cotter's statement that the legacy of earlier feminism heavily informs new artists' work. Yet feminist art and women's art in general has yet to be incorporated into general art historical sources, as evidenced by the continued production of books dedicated to women artists, including this one. Women's art--like the artwork of any other minority (much of which is discussed in this volume)--can claim final victory only when it becomes part of the mainstream in all aspects of literary and visual culture. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. L. Doumato National Gallery of Art
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