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Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism

Editor(s): Karen Frostig, Kathy A. Halamka
Contributors: karen Frostig, kathy halamka, Anna Wexler, Ruth Wallen, Ruth Waters, Pam Allara, THINK AGAIN, Simone Alter-Muri,

Book Description

How has feminism matured over the years?
What are the pressing agendas for today’s feminists working in the arts?

Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism, emerges as a navigational text, celebrating past victories while charting new directions for today’s second wave and third wave feminists. A feminist anthology, Blaze is comprised of feminist artists, art historians, critics, journalists, curators, interdisciplinary artists, and arts administrators of diverse backgrounds, living across the United States. The book grows out of the 2006 Annual National Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) conference, held in Boston, Massachusetts.
Blaze features 15 detailed and well-documented feminist histories that narrate a number of pertinent strands of activism regarding feminist art, scholarship, and organizational development while exploring current crossroads. Conversations occur between myriad groups of women: second wave to third wave; third wave to second wave; second wave to second wave; third wave to women who do not identify themselves as feminists. The book addresses a number of timely issues related to representation, work, collaboration, environmental interventions, and social justice platforms.
Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism captures feminists arts professionals working together across differences. In a world filled with strife, it is this form of engagement that inspires continued activism.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8376-7
ISBN-10: 1-84718-376-X
Date of Publication: 01/12/2007
Pages / Size: 415 / A5
Price: £39.99


Karen Frostig, PhD, is a visual artist, author, and Associate Professor at Lesley University, and Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Recent scholaraship addresses the intersection of art, memory, and agency. Publications include Expressive Arts Therapies in Schools, (1998; Korean trans. 2007), an essay in Work, Pedagogy and Change, and numerous journal articles in Art New England, Social Theory in Art Education and the Journal of Art Therapy. She is a recipient of Puffin Foundation Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, and several fellowships. Frostig exhibits her work across the US and in Europe. She will install her latest body of work Legacy of War, dealing with Holocaust legacies, at the University of Vienna, in 2008 in conjunction with an international conference addressing the fate of Jewish lawyers fleeing Vienna in 1938.

Kathy A. Halamka is a mixed media visual artist, independent curator, and currently an instructor in Media and Culture at Bentley College of Waltham, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Stanford University, and returned recently to academics and received her MFA at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Co-chairperson for the WCA 2006 National Conference with Karen Frostig, Ph D and Cynthia Runge, she also continues to be active as a national WCA board member, and a regional coordinator for New England for The Feminist Art Project, Rutgers University. Halamka’s recent exploration of memory and family, incorporating charcoal drawing, photography and mixed media on birch panels, is on view at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, very near her studio in the historic South End.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0239-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0239-5
Date of Publication: 01/03/2009
Pages / Size: 415 / A5
Price: £19.99