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The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S. Monika Fabijanska. Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, 2018. 100 pp. Well illustrated (all color). 22 x 22 cm. ISBN 9780692178393 In English.
Publisher's description: The Un-Heroic Act is a concentrated survey of works by a diverse roster of artists representing three generations--and including Jenny Holzer, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Senga Nengudi, Yoko Ono, and Kara Walker--which aims to fill a gap in the history of art, where the subject of rape has been represented by countless historical depictions by male artists, called heroic by Susan Brownmiller. What makes women's works radically different is the focus not on the action or drama, but on the lasting psychological devastation of the victim: her suffering, silence, shame, and loneliness. Recent works also address regaining control over the victim's sexuality and psyche and reclaiming the cultural narrative. Often strikingly beautiful, these works are rarely shown or their true meaning is obscured. The Un-Heroic Act is not so much an exhibition about rape as about the iconography of rape. The curatorial selection takes into account several elements at the same time: three generations of artists; ethnic diversity (artists of American Indian, African American, and Asian origins, and Latinas); all visual mediums, from drawing to social practice; themes that inspired artists to treat the subject (from fairy tales and art history to rape as a war crime); and finally, varied visual languages artists chose to tackle such sensitive subject. This critically acclaimed exhibition was named the fifth best NYC art show in 2018 by Hyperallergic and was reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Papers, among many others.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1970 — Several Media — Women Artists
Plans: 69,75,18,55
Worldwide Number: 510619
Paperbound $25.00    

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