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Art Monsters Lauren Elkin

Art Monsters By Lauren Elkin

Art Monsters by Lauren Elkin

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Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art by Lauren Elkin

'Destined to become a new classic' Chris Kraus

A dazzlingly original reassessment of women's stories, bodies and art - and how we think about them.

For decades, feminist artists have confronted the problem of how to tell the truth about their experiences as bodies. Queer bodies, sick bodies, racialised bodies, female bodies, what is their language, what are the materials we need to transcribe it?

Exploring the ways in which feminist artists have taken up this challenge, Art Monsters is a landmark intervention in how we think about art and the body, calling attention to a radical heritage of feminist work that not only reacts against patriarchy but redefines its own aesthetic aims.

Writing in the tradition of Susan Sontag, Helene Cixous and Maggie Nelson, Lauren Elkin demonstrates her power as a cultural critic, weaving daring links between disparate artists and writers - from Julia Margaret Cameron's photography to Kara Walker's silhouettes, Vanessa Bell's portraits to Eva Hesse's rope sculptures, Carolee Schneemann's body art to Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's trilingual masterpiece DICTEE - and shows that their work offers a potent celebration of beauty and excess, sentiment and touch, the personal and the political.

Art Monsters Reviews

'Destined to become a new classic' * Chris Kraus *
'Juxtaposes ideas, images, language, in a vivid collage that invites us to look more deeply' * Jeanette Winterson *
'Soaring and vivid ... it left me giddy with possibility' * Doireann Ni Ghriofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat *
'A fascinating re-visioning and re-imagining of women artists who have used their bodies in all sorts of creative, subversive ways.' * Juliet Jacques *
'You won't find anything like this history, told in this way, anywhere else' * Lubaina Himid *

About Lauren Elkin

Lauren Elkin is the author of several books, including Flaneuse: Women Walk the City, a Radio 4 Book of the Week, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the art of the essay. Her essays on art, literature, and culture have appeared in the London Review of Books, the New York Times, Granta, Harper's, Le Monde, Les Inrockuptibles, and Frieze, among others. She is also an award-winning translator, most recently of Simone de Beauvoir's previously unpublished novel The Inseparables. After twenty years in Paris, she now lives in London.

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Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art by Lauren Elkin
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Vintage Publishing
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