A transgression too far: women artists and the British pop art movement
Tate, S. (2010) A transgression too far: women artists and the British pop art movement. In: Sachs, S. and Minioudaki, K. , eds. (2010) Subversive Seductions: Women and Pop Art: 1958-1968. University of the Arts Philadelphia and Abbeville Press Publishers, pp. 200-223. ISBN 978-0-7892-1065-4
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Why are there so few women Pop artists? This chapter exposes, through statistical and documentary evidence, the gendered dynamics of key sites for British Pop - the Royal College of Art and the Young Contemporaries exhibitions - which had very real, material, and delimiting effects on the lives and work of emerging artists Jann Haworth and Pauline Boty. It will argue that, beyond the surface of the male Pop artists’ performance of transgressive challenge to cultural hierarchies (which was in fact institutionally supported) the actual marginalization of women went unnoticed. It will contend that, in this deeply gendered terrain, by the very fact of practicing as women, they and their work were a transgression too far.
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