Art Criticism and the State of Feminist Art Criticism

Katy Deepwell
2020 Arts  
This essay is in four parts. The first offers a critique of James Elkins and Michael Newman's book The State of Art Criticism (Routledge, 2008) for what it tells us about art criticism in academia and journalism and feminism; the second considers how a gendered analysis measures the "state" of art and art criticism as a feminist intervention; and the third, how neo-liberal mis-readings of Linda Nochlin and Laura Mulvey in the art world represent feminism in ideas about "greatness" and the
more » ... ness" and the "gaze", whilst avoiding feminist arguments about women artists or their work, particularly on "motherhood". In the fourth part, against the limits of the first three, the state of feminist art criticism across the last fifty years is reconsidered by highlighting the plurality of feminisms in transnational, transgenerational and progressive alliances.
doi:10.3390/arts9010028 fatcat:u4bsthrvu5dd5ko5oae3ehniui