Re-Enfranchising Art: Feminist Interventions in the Theory of Art

Hypatia 5 (2):91 - 106 (1990)
Feminist analyses of the roles gender has played in art lead to an alternative theory that emphasizes art's complex interactions with culture(s) rather than the autonomy within culture claimed for it by formalism. Focusing on the visual arts, I extrapolate the new theory from feminist research and compare it with formalist precepts. Sharing Arthur Danto's concern that art has been disenfranchised in the twentieth century by its preoccupation with theory, I claim that feminist thought re-enfranchises art by revisioning its relationship to its contexts.
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Arnold Berleant (1986). The Historicity of Aesthetics — I. British Journal of Aesthetics 26 (2):101-111.
Arthur Danto (1964). The Artworld. Journal of Philosophy 61 (19):571-584.
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