Many scholars have called Linda Nochlins seminal essay on women artists the first real attempt at a feminist history of art. In her revolutionary essay, Nochlin refused to answer the question of why there had been no great women artists on its own corrupted terms, and instead, she dismantled the very concept of greatness, unraveling the basic assumptions that created the male-centric genius in art.With unparalleled insight and wit, Nochlin questioned the acceptance of a white male viewpoint in art history. And future freedom, as she saw it, requires women to leap into the unknown and risk demolishing the art worlds institutions in order to rebuild them anew.In this stand-alone anniversary edition, Nochlins essay is published alongside its reappraisal, Thirty Years After. Written in an era of thriving feminist theory, as well as queer theory, race, and postcolonial studies, Thirty Years After is a striking reflection on the emergence of a whole new canon. With reference to Joan Mitchell, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, and many more, Nochlin diagnoses the state of women and art with unmatched precision and verve. "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" has become a slogan and rallying cry that resonates across culture and society. In the 2020s, Nochlins message could not be more urgent: as she put it in 2015, There is still a long way to go.
Published by: Thames & Hudson; Anniversary edition, 2021
Hardcover : 111 pages