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Feminism - When you think of an artists - its likely your answer will be a man. Yet lots of women take art courses.

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Feminism When you think of an artists - its likely your answer will be a man. Yet lots of women take art courses. Art was mainly created by men for men, on an overwhelmingly large percentage. Books were also written by me for men with authors such as Hertz Gonwick. There are two halves to the feminist lecture: 1 Feminist art history and how female historians talk about art 2 Women artists who use a female agenda in their work 1 From the 1960's onwards equality of women's right occurred as well as inventions such as contraception and abortion rights. Women's studies began to be published and noticed for the first time. Women who came apparent at that time were people such as Betty Freeman writing the 'Feminine Mystique'. People were beginning to think about women's needs and rights comparing this to the situation they were actually in. Socially constructed ideas such as homemakers and mothers were what was 'expected' of women. 'I want something more than my husband, my children and my home'. They wanted more of higher education, books, and work and wanted to be known as well established and serious artists. ...read more.

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Tischen has created the piece fully directed towards the make gaze. Another work depicting the beheading of a man was always thought to have been created by a male artists, but was actually created by Gentileschi, a female artists. It was considered 'too skilful' for a woman to have created. Research by Mary Goward however, changed this. Mattisse often paints the nude female body, and illustrates the traditional unchallenged relationship between men and women. The artist is the action figure; he controls what's happening fully clothed. The woman is told to take any position for being a nude model. She is often full frontal and looking away from the viewer in a passive nature. What is this telling us about the society that allowed this relationship to develop and carry on happening? When women wanted to break away from this with their own work, they found that art galleries and museums were run by men for men full of male orientated work. They concluded that solidarity must be sought together and as a group of collective women. They had to pull together and show their work in unlikely places such as libraries, community centres and colleges. ...read more.

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Nearly all of the painted plates had a vaginal shape on them and was plate was set for a famous woman in history, wanting to celebrate them. In the centre of the tables was an inscribed material with name such as Florence Nightingale and Emily Dickinson. Barbara Kruger felt that feminists needed to pull away from the female bodies physical form as we are still in some way exposing our bodies. Her non-sexual works are still very distinctive with a combination of photography and text. Cindy Sherman also pulled away from the female body and looked at stereotypes that women often fell into. Often in her works the female character looks directly at the viewer and isn't ashamed of who and what she is. Carrie May Weins' work was based very much upon fairy tales and how they can be interpreted. One of her works shows a black woman looking into a mirror to an old white woman's reflection. Words underneath say: 'Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the finest of them all', 'Snow White is you black bitch and don't you forget it!'. This pulls ideas of what it is like to be a black female living in America together of having no respect in society and being excluded as to the colour of her skin. ...read more.

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