Gender, Race & Modernism after the Second World War by Whitney Chadwick

“The emergence of an American avant-garde, along with a body of formalist criticism centered in the writings of Clement Greenberg and his followers, dominates traditional art historical accounts of the period after the Second World War. Nevertheless, abstract and figurative art coexisted despite the increasing critical and curatorial attention directed toward Abstract Expressionist and their successors after 1948. The ways that the meanings of this Modernist art have been produced, reinforce, and challenged can be observed in the shifting relationship of women’s art to broader social formulations and mainstream art during this period… read more » [pdf]

– Whitney Chadwick
Women, Art, and Society
(London, Thames and Hudson, 1990)

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