Annandale-on-Hudson: Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2006. 1st Edition. Thick quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated flexible boards.
"It should be possible, in the study of late-twentieth and twenty-first century art, to narrate any matter of art historical and cultural significance entirely through the work of women artists without making gender the defining terms of debate" (art historian Rhea Anastas in her introduction). First edition anthology monograph documenting and interpreting the work of six artists represented in the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Bard College's vast contemporary art collection. Produced to inaugurate the Hessel Museum of Art in 2006 and conceived by art historian and critic Rhea Anastas in the aftermath of 9/11, the radical study both probes the relationship between language and aesthetic experience in direct response to the novel social and political realities of the time and foregrounds the role of the artist in the process of her work's reception and interpretation. Includes a selection of works and writings by the artists, previously unpublished documents, contemporaneous criticism, and illuminating essays for each presented artist by leading critics and art historians. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photos, drawings and reproductions. Fine. Item #2707