Why Are There No Great Women Artists? Matthew Vital GE20710: Aesthetics Professor Philip Zuchman Spring, 2012
About the Author: Linda Nochlin• Professor – Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU• Womens liberation journals• Feminist Art Theory – 1971 publication – Feminine Artists & Historians – “Feminist gaze”
Controversial Topic• Talents & abilities – Vs. societal attitudes – Vs. discrimination• Passive (M)• Aggressive-Frustrated (W)
“Incapable of Greatness”• Male standards – M vs. W• Feminine style – Stereotypical subject Matter (No correlation) – i.e. Domestic, children
What is Art? What Makes it “Great”?• Personal life visual • Genius terms – Power embedded• Language – Art history writings – Myths • Materialistic World – High values
No Sufficient Investigation/Appreciation• Same status quo • Training & practice – Achievement? – Artistic occupation? – Feminist fight? • Historical & critical attitudes – Writings? • Social environment
Not “Influenced”…• Previous artists• Social Forces• Development… – Quality & integrity – Social settings – Acknowledgments
Works Cited"Nochlin, Linda." Dictionary of Art Historians. Web. 19 Apr. 2012. <http://www.dictionaryofar thistorians.org/nochlinl.htm >.Nochlin, Linda. "Why Are There No Great Women Artists?" Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts. By David Goldblatt and Lee B. Brown. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2011. 42-47. Print.