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Women, Art, and Society (World of Art) [Paperback]

Whitney Chadwick
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23 April 2007 World of Art
This groundbreaking book challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule who transcended their sex to produce major works of art. While acknowledging the many women whose contributions to visual culture since the Middle Ages have often been neglected, Chadwicks survey amounts to much more than an alternative canon of women artists: it re-examines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender. In her discussion of feminism and its influence on such a reappraisal, the author also addresses the closely related issues of ethnicity, class and sexuality.


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 4 edition (23 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500203938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500203934
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whitney Chadwick is an art historian and the author of the critically acclaimed Women, Art, and Society. Her other books include Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, the first full-length study of the women of surrealism, and the crime novel Framed. She is the co-editor of Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership and The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars, as well as a frequent contributor to exhibition catalogs and books on contemporary art.

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About the Author

Whitney Chadwick is Professor of Art at San Francisco State University. Among her other books are Significant Others and Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, both published by Thames & Hudson.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Chadwicks masterly study of women in European art is incredibily well researched. She manages to uncover the forgotton contribution of women to the arts and the context of the contemporary worlds they lived within. Her dicussion of the major ideological trends in society and the arts is impressive. While it could have included more discussion on the non Anglo-American art scene, the book has proved invaluable in understanding the complexities of women in art history.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Academic 24 Aug 2006
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This book presumes the reader has a good knowledge of art history etc., and goes into great depth with much detail. As I was looking for something more general I found it heavy going in places and thought the last sections devoted to modern art disappointing with quesionable examples. I think we all have an instinct for what is good art, and a lot of these simply aren't - they separate the masses from art, rather than integrate. Apart from that, it's good value, plenty of illustrations and well written. It'll stay on my shelf as a reference book I can dip into from time to time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Women in Art 1 Feb 2004
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Chadwick's book is the definative in this genre, an absolute must read for anyone wishing to research this field.
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2.0 out of 5 stars On looks you wouldn't pick it up 24 Nov 2012
By Mike C
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Poor really with naff images. Not inspiring for people interested in art really. There are cheaper books which are more interesting. ~I found it unpickupable!
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be required Art History text book 12 Aug 2001
By Teri Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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The information in this book should be in every Art History 101 text book, but unfortunately it isn't! It does read like a good text book and there are lots of illustrations (although there could be lots more). Chadwick is in expert in her field. Anyone interested in Art History should know what this book covers...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Study 17 Mar 2010
By IQ Films - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a brilliant Study that highlights the achievement of often neglected female artists. Chadwick's approach does not only look at the artist themselves, but she delves into their specific works to unveil the mask of what has been viewed with a gender bias eye. It takes a look at art dating back from the middle ages, up until now. Definitely a phenomenal piece and very well written.

If you enjoyed this as much as I have, I would recommend checking out, Who Does She Think She Is? Its a documentary about 5 women who struggle to balance time between artistic expression and practical living in a world where most people cannot name 1 single female artist. Who Does She Think She Is? House Party Kit
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many words about, well, nothing 25 Aug 2012
By Carla - Published on Amazon.com
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This book may be impressive to Ms. Chadwick's colleagues but it leaves a lot to be desired as a teaching/learning tool. It rambles on and on in complex and odd vocabulary that requires a dictionary on hand for even an avid reader. There is a lot of name dropping but not much in the way of explanation of concepts or descriptions of artwork. It lacks terribly in informative content. This is not a book for someone whose goal is to obtain clear information and get a thorough understanding of feminist art.
4.0 out of 5 stars School Textbook...Not Bad 2 Jan 2014
By Sophi301 - Published on Amazon.com
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Women, Art and History are not my favorite subjects, so when I saw a little of both crammed into a text book, I was less than excited. However, this book contains tons of information. The layout of the text is easy to follow and the small compact size makes it easy to tote around. I'd recommend this book for someone who wants a little more than the basics on Women, Art and History. This book is a great reference to use for research.
5.0 out of 5 stars . 9 May 2013
By Joan Crane - Published on Amazon.com
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I always select a book in good conditions or better and this one met my expectations. Thank you I am very happy with my purchase.
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