Women's painting is undergoing a vibrant revival, yet has been little explored in writing or modern visual culture. "Unframed" is an examination of women's contemporary painting. It presents writing with practitioners who engage with theory and critical theorists who deal directly with contemporary practice. All contributors reflect on their own practice and that of other women painters and theorists, whose common aim is to develop innovative ways of thinking about, and through, painting by women. The book focuses on current debates on gender, subjectivity, spectatorship and painting, and moves them forward into the second millennium. It should appeal to a range of readers, including scholars, students, artists and gallery visitors.
Rosemary Betterton is Reader in Women's Studies, Lancaster University. Her books include 'Intimate Distance: Women, Artists and the Body'.
List of figures Notes on contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Unframing women's painting Rosemary Betterton Chapter 1 'Before her time?' Lily Briscoe and painting now Alison Rowley Chapter 2 Painting is not a representational practice Barb Bolt Chapter 3 Walking with Judy Watson: Painting, politics and intercorporeality Marsh Meskimmon Chapter 4 Susan Hiller's painted work: Bodies aesthetics and feminism Rosemary Betterton Chapter 5 The self portrait and the I/eye Partou Chapter 6 Threads: Dialogues with Jo Bruton, Beth Harland, Nicky May and Katie Pratt Rosa Lee Chapter 7 Seeing and feeling Rebecca Fortnum Chapter 8 Restretching the canvas Pam Skelton Chapter 9 Inside the visible: Painting histories Lubaina Himid Chapter 10 Revisiting Ann Harbuz: Inside community, outside convention John Borsa Bibliography Index