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Dear S Shoaff:
To add to your reading list:
"Contemporary American Women Artists", Cedco Publishing Company, San Rafael, CA.
Mara R. Witzling, ed. "Voicing Our Visions: Writings by Women Artists",
Mara R. Witzling, ed. "Voicing Today's Visions: Writings by Contemporary
Women Artists", Universe, 1994.
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, "American Women Artists", Avon, 1982.
Randy Rosen, Curator, and Catherine C. Brawer, Associate Curator,
"Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream, 1970--85",
Abbeville Press, 1989.
Nancy G. Heller, "Women Artists: An Illustrated History", Revised and
Expanded Edition, Abbeville Press, 1987.
For a full-accounting of the Feminist art movement, there was a show this
summer at the UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center entitled
"Sexual Politics". The excellent catalogue is authored by Amelia Jones and
published by University of California Press.
On a humorous note: "Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls", recently
published by Harper Perennial.
There are also some recent biographies and autobiographies about women
artists: many about Frida Kahlo, and two by Judy Chicago ("Through the
Flower" and "Beyond the Flower") and an excellent one by Faith Ringgold
which addresses her struggles not only as a woman artist but as a woman of
color as well ("We Flew Over the Bridge")
I apologize for this lengthly response; I just recently became interested
in women artists after attending the UCLA exhibition and have read several
of the above. At this time, you should have no trouble at all finding a
reading list. You might contact Mills College in the San Francisco Bay
Area, as they are reputed to have an excellent women's program - they might
possibly have a class on female artists and be able to assist you. Good
California Consortium for Visual Arts Education
Northern California Insitute