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Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology

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This work asks the fundamental questions about women;s position and the role of cultural myths in definitions of masculinity and femininity. The authors analyze the lives and workd of women in both the fine and decorative arts from the Middle Ages until the 1970s.
Paperback, 206 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Pandora Press (first published February 12th 1982)
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Published in 1981, this feminist history of art explores art history, the scholarly discipline wrapped up in ideology that privileges men over women and certain types of creativity over others. The text builds on the works that came before it. Parker and Pollock do not seek to uncover the biographies of hidden women artists or to demonstrate an idea of women's progressive struggle against great odds to be accepted into the canon of art history. Instead they are interested in how 'women have part ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First read this, oh my, 25 years ago. Fall 1992 I'd just started University and British universities back then required one to really only study one subject. Mine was history, but in your first year you were allowed to select a subsidiary subject to do just for one year. You had a list of related disciplines to choose from and I selected History of Art. Griselda Pollock was actually my first ever university lecture and scorched my brain with her clever rhetoric and wit. More so than any hundreds ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminist, non-fiction, art
Very suitable to complement university studies. Learned a lot about what is hidden behind pictures and what formed art practice for women through out art history and social developments.
Especially remembering quotes of Van Gogh comparing artistic practice to spermatic emission and the reason why female genitals were not detailed in paintings. Also liked the part about Maria Sybilla Merian and generally botanical painting. All in all, it made me visualize how erverything is connected = meaning hi
May 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists
I feel like a lot of this book has already been absorbed into art culture, however I think it well worth reading in order to be concious of a lot of the issues they speak about. I found the most interesting thing in this book the idea of how we digest art - through monographs and key artists. Hopefully by following the course of integration they recommend, men and women can achieve equal footing.
Harry Haller
Important work and suggestion on how to think, write and analyse (women) artists and art history as an ideologically structured story. But in this undertaking it obviously has many gaps - most of them are of an methodological or factual nature. They serve important insights and fundamental assumptions and tell an important story with totally diffrent perspectives but miss to serve some kind of methodological tools and footnotes . But nevertheless this work is still one of the most important and ...more
Tracy Gaughan
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant book! Women produce art, men ignore them, art history is the poorer for it.
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