Artist-Parents in Contemporary Art: Gender, Identity, and Domesticity, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Artist-Parents in Contemporary Art

Gender, Identity, and Domesticity, 1st Edition

By Barbara Kutis


224 pages | 19 Color Illus. | 24 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138605664
pub: 2020-06-08
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This book examines the increasing intersections of art and parenting from the late 1990s to the early 2010s, when constructions of masculine and feminine identities, as well as the structure of the family, underwent radical change.

Barbara Kutis asserts that the championing of the simultaneous linkage of art and parenting by contemporary artists reflects a conscientious self-fashioning of a new kind of identity, one that she calls the 'artist-parent.' By examining the work of three artists—Guy Ben-Ner, Elzbieta Jablonska, and the collective Mothers and Fathers—this book reveals how these artists have engaged with the domestic and personal in order to articulate larger issues of parenting in contemporary life.

This book will be of interest to scholars in art and gender, gender studies, contemporary art, and art history.

Table of Contents

1. The Artist-Parent Identity; 2. A History of Artistic Engagement with Parenting; 3. Superwoman, Supermother, or Polish Mother? Elżbieta Jabłońska’s Artistic Negotiation of Motherhood; 4. Guy Ben-Ner: Articulating the Artist-Father; 5. Mothers and Fathers: A Collective Artist-Parent Identity; 6. The Future of Artist-Parents in Contemporary Art

About the Author

Barbara Kutis is Assistant Professor at Indiana University Southeast.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Gender and Art

Routledge Research in Gender and Art is a new series in art history and visual studies, focusing on gender, sexuality, and feminism. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Mixed Media
ART / Sculpture & Installation
ART / Film & Video
ART / Performance
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies