Fashionability, exhibition culture and gender politics : fair womenSeries: Histories of material culture and collecting, 1700-1950Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2021Description: 1 online resource (xix, 199 pages) : illustrations (some color)ISBN: 9781138493568; 9781351027786; 1351027786; 9781351027762; 135102776X; 9781351027779; 1351027778; 9781351027755; 1351027751Subject(s): Fair women (Exhibition) (1894 : Grafton Galleries) | Feminism and art | Exhibitions -- Social aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books.LOC classification: N72.F45 | C59 2021Online resources: Click here to view e-Book
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The Exhibition. Exhibiting Fair women -- 'Feminine weapons' : women, collecting and connoisseurship -- Modern Fair women. Performing the modern woman : actresses, celebrity culture and exhibitions -- (Re)envisioning new women : Eveleen Myers and Gertrude Campbell -- Fair women redux -- Re-inventing Fair women : women, exhibitions and art writing -- International Fair women.
"Fair Women was an early example of a Victorian 'blockbuster' exhibition. Organised by a committee of women, it opened to great fanfare in the Grafton Galleries in London, and comprised both historical and contemporary portraits of women as well as decorative objects. Meaghan Clarke argues that the exhibition challenged contemporary assumptions about the representation of women and the superficiality of female collectors. The Fair Women phenomenon complicated gender stereotypes and foregrounded women as cultural arbiters. This book uncovers a wide range of texts and images to reveal that Fair Women brought together fashion, modernity and gender politics in new and surprising ways. It shows that, while invariably absent in institutional histories, women were vital to the development of the modern blockbuster exhibition. This book will be of interest to scholars in art and gender studies, museum studies, feminist art history, women artists, and art history"-- Provided by publisher.
Meaghan Clarke is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Sussex, UK.