Bachelors by Rosalind E. Krauss
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Since the 1970s Rosalind Krauss has been exploring the art of painters, sculptors, and photographers, examining the intersection of these artists concerns with the major currents of postwar visual culture: the question of the commodity, the status of the subject, issues of representation and abstraction, and the viability of individual media.

These essays on nine women artists—gathered as Bachelors—are framed by the question, born of feminism, "What evaluative criteria can be applied to women's art?" In the case of surrealism, in particular, some have claimed that surrealist women artists must either redraw the lines of their practice or participate in the movement's misogyny. Krauss resists that claim, for these "bachelors" are artists whose expressive strategies challenge the very ideals of unity and mastery identified with masculinist aesthetics. Some of this work, such as the "part object" (Louise Bourgeois) or the "formless" (Cindy Sherman) could be said to find its power in strategies associated with such concepts as écriture feminine. In the work of Agnes Martin, Eva Hesse, or Sherrie Levine, one can make the case that the power of the work can be revealed only by recourse to another type of logic altogether. Bachelors attempts to do justice to these and other artists (Claude Cahun, Dora Maar, Louise Lawler, Francesca Woodman) in the terms their works demand.
 

About Rosalind E. Krauss

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Rosalind E. Krauss, editor and cofounder of October magazine, is University Professor at Columbia University. She is the author of "The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths", "The Optical Unconscious", "Bachelors", and "Perpetual Inventory", all published by the MIT Press.
 
Published January 22, 1999 by The MIT Press. 228 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A juicy conundrum lies at the heart of this collection of essays by the prominent art historian and co-founder of the art/theory journal October: the work of nine women artists of this century (one pa

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A juicy conundrum lies at the heart of this collection of essays by the prominent art historian and co-founder of the art/theory journal October: the work of nine women artists of this century (one painter, three sculptors and five photographers) are considered under the rubric ""Bachelors."" Uns...

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