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date: 27 September 2021

p. 835. Gender, genius, and Guerrilla Girlslocked

p. 835. Gender, genius, and Guerrilla Girlslocked

  • Cynthia Freeland


‘Gender, genius, and Guerrilla Girls’ addresses the relevance of gender and sexuality to art, asking: Is gender relevant to art — to work an artist makes, or to meaning? What about sexual orientation? It would be wrong-headed to overlook gender and sexuality in commenting on Mapplethorpe's work or Judy Chicago's Dinner Party; but good art is not exhausted by one theme. In order to interpret artworks, we must look beyond gender and sexual preference to the broader context that gives any art its meaning. Attention to sexuality may be relevant, but ultimately we need to think more deeply about how to interpret art.

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