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Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology

Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology
Rozsika Parker, Griselda Pollock

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Why is everything that compromises greatness in art coded as 'feminine'? Has the feminist critique of Art History history yet effected real change? With a new Preface by Griselda Pollock, this new edition of a truly groundbreaking book offers a radical challenge to a women-free Art History. Parker and Pollock's critique of Art History's sexism leads to expanded, inclusive readings of the art of the past. They demonstrate how the changing historical social realities of gender relations and women artists' translation of gendered conditions into their works provide keys to novel understandings of why we might study the art of the past. They go further to show how such knowledge enables us to understand art by contemporary artists who are women and can contribute to the changing self-perception and creative work of artists today.

Author Info

Rozsika Parker (1945-2010) was a writer and critic in Art History & Psychoanalysis and a psychotherapist. Her books include Framing Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement 1970-1985 (with Griselda Pollock), Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence and The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine (I.B.Tauris new edition, 2010). Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History, University of Leeds. Her books include Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art and Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum (2007). She is editor of Conceptual Odysseys: Passages to Cultural Analysis (2009) and, with Antony Bryant, of Digital and Other Virtualities (2010, both I.B.Tauris) She is Series Editor of Tauris' New Encounters series.


'This is not a nostalgic project but one of understanding the research, art practices, and thinking of the last 40 years.'
Hilary Robinson, Professor of Art Theory and Criticism, Carnegie Mellon University

'Passionate, provocative, path breaking – Old Mistresses is a classic that is as crucial today as it was in 1980. In an era dubbed 'post-feminist', its republication is immensely important to a new generation of art historians, artists, critics and curators.'
Ruth E. Iskin, author of Modern Women & Parisian Consumer Culture in Impressionist Painting


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Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780764047
Publication Date: 29 May 2013
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 228
Width: 152
Illustrations: many bw integrated

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