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Modern Women Artists in the Nordic Countries, 1900-1960

Edited By

Kerry Greaves

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ISBN 9780367423384
April 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 16 Color & 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This transnational volume examines innovative women artists who were from, or worked in, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, and Sweden from the emergence of modernism until the feminist movement took shape in the 1960s.

The book addresses the culturally specific conditions that shaped Nordic artists’ contributions, brings the latest methodological and feminist approaches to bear on Nordic art history, and engages a wide international audience through the contributors’ subject matter and analysis. Rather than introducing a new history of "rediscovered" women artists, the book is more concerned with understanding the mechanisms and structures that affected women artists and their work, while suggesting alternative ways of constructing women’s art histories. Artists covered include Else Alfelt, Pia Arke, Franciska Clausen, Jessie Kleemann, Hilma af Klint, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Greta Knutson, Aase Texmon Rygh, Hannah Ryggen, Júlíana Sveinsdóttir, Ellen Thesleff, and Astri Aasen.

The target audience includes scholars working in art history, cultural studies, feminist studies, gender studies, curatorial studies, Nordic studies, postcolonial studies, and visual studies. 

Table of Contents

Introduction. She Is No Gentle Lamb in the Cave of the Werewolf: Women Artists in the Nordic Countries

Kerry Greaves

Part 1: Critical Reconsiderations, New Languages of Interpretation

1. The Work of Júlíana Sveinsdóttir: Engaging Issues of Gender and Colonial Subjectivity

Hlynur Helgason

2. The Symbolic Abstraction of Else Alfelt

Karen Kurczynski

3. Women Pioneers of Abstraction in 1950s Norway: The Balancing Act of Aase Texmon Rygh, Inger Sitter, and Gudrun Kongelf

Sigrun Åsebø

4. Movement and the Living Surface: Greenlandic Modernism, Pia Arke, and the Decolonial Legacy of Women Artists in Greenland

Charissa von Harringa

Part 2: Interventions, Transmissions, Networks

5. Gabriele Münter and the 1917 Exhibition of the Föreningen Svenska Konstnärinnor and Vereinigung Bildende Künstlerinnen Oesterrreichs

Shulamith Behr

6. Modern Corporeality: Body, Movement and Dance in Ellen Thesleff’s Art

Hanna-Reetta Schreck

7. Women Artists in and around the Danish Journal linien

Marianne Ølholm

8. No One Creates Alone: Past and Present in a Common Reading of Artist Sonja Ferlov Mancoba

Yvette Brackman, Johanne Løgstrup, and Pia Rönicke

Part 3: Subversive Spaces, Collaborations, and Reclamations

9. Collaboration and Co-Habitation: Swedish Women Artists at the Turn of the Century

Katarina Wadstein MacLeod

10. Women Need Work, and Work Needs Women": Women Artists and Their Networks in Fin de Siècle Sweden

JoAnn Conrad

11. Shady Plants, Ecstatic Trees, and Vulva Seashells: Symbols of Erotic Nature in the Surrealist Work of Rita Kernn-Larsen and Elsa Thoresen

Marie Arleth Skov

12. Anneliese Hager, Cobra, and the Camera-less Photograph

Lynette Roth

Part 4: Subjectivities, Identity, and Self-Fashioning

13. Elsa Laula, Astri Aasen, and the Ascent of Sámi Visual Sovereignty, 1904-1917

Bart Pushaw

14. Emancipated Bodies. Anna Klindt Sørensen Paints the Female Nude

Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen

15. The Elaboration of the Figure of the ‘New Woman’ by Finnish Women Artists

Tutta Palin

16. Soft Bones: Sonja Ferlov Mancoba and the Reconfiguration of Anatomy

Emil Leth Meilvang

Part 5: Alternative Practices of Agency and Resistance

17. Dealing with Circles: Franciska Clausen and Her Position in the Group Cercle et Carré (1929-1930)

Mette Højsgaard

18. Surrealist Beasts: Greta Knutson’s Strategy of ‘Performative Refusal’

Martin Sundberg

19. The Representation of Lack, the Matter of Imagination. Hannah Ryggen, Aesthetics of Resistance, and Art Against Fascism

Zofia Cielatkowska

20. Intra-Actions with Nature (and Beyond): Hilma af Klint, Else Alfelt, and Sonja Ferlov Mancoba

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen

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Kerry Greaves is Assistant Professor in Art History in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.