This important new book examines contemporary art while foregrounding the key role feminism has played in enabling current modes of artmaking, spectatorship and theoretical discourse.
Contemporary Art and Feminism carefully argues the links between feminist theory and practice of the last four decades of contemporary art and offers a radical re-reading of the contemporary movement. Rather than focus on filling in the gaps of accepted histories by ‘adding’ the ‘missing’ female, queer, First Nations and women artists of colour, the authors seek to revise broader understandings of contemporary practice providing case studies contextualised in a robust art historical and theoretical basis. Readers are encouraged to see where art ideas come from and evaluate past and present art strategies. What strategies, materials or tropes are less relevant in today’s networked, event-driven art economies? What strategies and themes should we keep hold of, or develop in new ways?
This is a significant and innovative intervention ideal for students in courses on contemporary art within Fine Arts, Visual Studies, History of Art, Gender Studies and Queer Studies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: From the politics of representation to a politics of acts
Chapter 2: Beyond performing identities
Chapter 3: Feminism and the pedagogical turn in art
Chapter 4: Craftivism: a material ethics of care
Chapter 5: Avant Gardening: Western landscape, ecofeminism and First Nations’ care for country
Chapter 6: Feminist worlds: reimagining community and publics
Dr Jacqueline Millner completed studies in law, political science, and visual arts, before specialising in the history and theory of contemporary art as an arts writer and academic. She is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at La Trobe University, Melbourne, where she also lectures on contemporary art theory and history. She was previously Associate Professor of Art History and Theory, University of Sydney. She has published widely on contemporary Australian and international art in key anthologies, journals and catalogues of national and international institutions, and has received prestigious grants and awards for her research including from the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Research Council. Her books include Conceptual Beauty: Perspectives on Australian Contemporary Art (2010, Sydney: Artspace), Australian Artists in the Contemporary Museum (with Jennifer Barrett, 2014, New York and London: Routledge), Fashionable Art (with Adam Geczy, 2015, London: Bloomsbury) and Feminist Perspectives on Art: Contemporary Outtakes, co-edited with Catriona Moore for Routledge, 2018. She co-convenes the research cluster Contemporary Art and Feminism across La Trobe University and the University of Sydney, and is currently leading the Care Project: feminism, art and ethics in neo-liberal times, a multiple location series of exhibitions and symposia (2019-21).
Dr Catriona Moore is Senior Lecturer in Art History & Film Studies at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on feminist art and activism, and more broadly on modern and contemporary women artists. Her research and writing have opened up cross-cultural connections between women artists and explored the visual expression of cultural diversity in modern and contemporary Australian art, within a comparative international framework. She is the author and editor of books central to the development of the feminist history of Australian art, including Indecent Exposures: Twenty Years of Australian Feminist Photography (Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1991), Dissonance: Feminism and the arts 1970-1990 (Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1991) and Feminist Perspectives on Art: Contemporary Outtakes, co-edited with Jacqueline Millner for Routledge, 2018. She co-convenes the research cluster Contemporary Art and Feminism across the University of Sydney and La Trobe University.
"This book is an exciting contribution to the history of contemporary art. Not simply giving an account of ‘feminist art’, Millner and Moore instead interrogate how feminist thinking and practice has impacted, influenced, and changed forever contemporary art. ‘Feminist art’ after all, is not a subsection of the art world, but a name describing how a set of politics has impacted art. That this book, with its internationalism viewed from Australia, decenters the dominant contemporary art world adds to the radical potential in its pages."
- Hilary Robinson, Professor of Feminism, Art, and Theory, Loughborough University