The Expanding Discourse Summary

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The introduction to The Expanding Discourse and Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History After Postmodernism as well as the interview A Dialogue with Linda Nochlin, the Maverick She all provide a discourse on feminist art history through several decades that is enlightening and somewhat startling. These essays explore some of the intricacies and changes within the history of this relatively new methodology of art history and, though these essays do not go into great detail, they do offer a helpful survey that is brief, yet informative, for this particular discipline of art history.
The introduction of The Expanding Discourse discusses the evolution of the different methodologies of feminist art historians whose diverse methodologies
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While it was much easier to define what was feminist art and who were feminist artists in the 1970s, over time, the assignation of such a definition has become increasingly complex and incredibly controversial. Nochlin also studied female artists’ ability to fight for artistic achievements, despite the difficult circumstances in which they found themselves. Is the separation of women’s art from men’s, whether in books or exhibits, beneficial or not to the feminist cause? Female artists’ capabilities to rise above adverse situations was not the only aspect that she considered, however, for she also sought to achieve a respect for female artists and art that was based on merit, not on the sex of the artist through her work. As she points out, women artists deserve to be appreciated for their work based on their skill, not because they are…show more content…
What is clear is that feminist art history is not meant to sway art history solely towards the feminist perspective, but to add it to the art historical canon to even out any inequalities. By continuously questioning any theories of both traditional art history, but also those of postmodernism, the evolution of feminist art history continues to develop, hopefully to its benefit. Clearly, feminist art history has come a long way in a comparatively short time; however, this does not mean that there is not room for improvement. Indeed, after reading these essays, there is a distinctly obvious need to take action to advance feminist art history so that, in turn, other methodologies of art history can develop to become more effective, influential, and inclusive. It is astonishing to learn how complicated that feminist art history truly is, for there are so many factors that must be taken into consideration, and the span of these factors only continues to
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