BLAZE contains a provocative and piercing analysis of contemporary feminist art, spanning 35 years of passionate fury, sacrifice, and camaraderie between women. Its informed and intelligent essays, written by a diversity of voices, are mandatory reading for anyone interested in tracking the impact of the revolution which demolished male domination in the art world. The book usefully contributes to a wide range of subjects: expansion of the canon; increased exhibition opportunities for women; the rise of eco-feminism and collaborative methodologies; public art projects; art education; and the history of a still thriving national Women s Caucus for Art. It successfully maps the complexities of several generations of shifting feminist agendas, and makes a valuable contribution to where things might be headed now. --Suzi Gablik, Has Modernism Failed? And The Reenchantment of Art
BLAZE is a work of love and commitment that chronicles the breadth and depth of American feminist creative practice across generations, as it speculates on the position of women in society and manifests in the making of art. --Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts, Columbia University
A fascinating potpourri of essays ranging from a succinct account of how to start your own excellent museum to art criticism and blogging, from past history of the WCA to the return of the nude in recent art. Everyone will find something valuable in this collection, to which many of the smartest minds writing about women and art have contributed. --Ann Sutherland Harris, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
About the Author
Karen Frostig, PhD, is a visual artist, author, and Associate Professor at Lesley University, and Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Recent scholaraship addresses the intersection of art, memory, and agency. Publications include Expressive Arts Therapies in Schools, (1998; Korean trans. 2007), an essay in Work, Pedagogy and Change, and numerous journal articles in Art New England, Social Theory in Art Education and the Journal of Art Therapy. She is a recipient of Puffin Foundation Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, and several fellowships. Frostig exhibits her work across the US and in Europe. She will install her latest body of work Legacy of War, dealing with Holocaust legacies, at the University of Vienna, in 2008 in conjunction with an international conference addressing the fate of Jewish lawyers fleeing Vienna in 1938. Kathy A. Halamka Kathy A. Halamka is a mixed media visual artist, independent curator, and currently an instructor in Media and Culture at Bentley College of Waltham, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Stanford University, and returned recently to academics and received her MFA at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Co-chairperson for the WCA 2006 National Conference with Karen Frostig, Ph D and Cynthia Runge, she also continues to be active as a national WCA board member, and a regional coordinator for New England for The Feminist Art Project, Rutgers University. Halamka s recent exploration of memory and family, incorporating charcoal drawing, photography and mixed media on birch panels, is on view at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, very near her studio in the historic South End.