Harmony Hammond

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Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History
by Harmony Hammond
Publisher's Description
"The first history of lesbian art in the United States, this volume documents works since 1970 within the context of gay culture and political activism," (publisher). Professor Hammond profiles 30 prominent lesbian artists, including Joan Snyder and Catherine Opie in this definitive record of lesbian art.
Amazon.com Review
It is no surprise to see a photograph by Catherine Opie on the front of this handsome and groundbreaking volume on lesbian art. Opie is now represented in most of the best public collections in America, and her inclusion, along with the current rise of Nicole Eisenman, suggests that the market for specifically lesbian imagery (as opposed to erotica, which has always had an audience) has finally widened to include the great art institutions that still set the canon for contemporary art. Although the text of Harmony Hammond's wonderfully rich book is a little too dense for casual consumption, the history she offers--especially of the middle decade represented here, the 1980s, with its porn wars and the emergence of both postmodernism and postfeminism alongside a remarkable boom in the art market--can be found nowhere else, and certainly not in so graceful a form, lavishly illustrated and perceptively annotated. --Regina Marler
ISBN: 0847822486
Publisher: Rizzoli
Hardcover : 208 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.5 x 0.8 inches
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