women fight back!
Though the evolution of art movements and the rise of women’s rights the classical and tradition nude somehow faded in the twentieth century, giving birth to a new interpretation and aesthetic appeal and context to the nude in modern and contemporary art.
Rise of Feminism
Your Body is a Battleground, 1989
Rising in the 1960s the Feminists movement in art was devoted to fighting against sexism drawn across centuries of artmaking, spreading their views on gender inequality by scrutinizing women's social roles and experience throughout history to the present day. Notable artists associated with the feminist postmodern art movement include Barbara Kruger Jenny Holzer, Sherrie Levine, Martha Rosler and Cindy Sherman.
In both Feminist and Contemporary art, artists have come to question and challenge the predisposed notions of beauty, race, gender, sexuality, censorship, morality and ethics through representations of the human form.
Feminist art image bank
Born in 1950, Lismore, Australia, Julie Rrap is a contemporary artist currently living and works in Sydney. Over the past twenty-five years, Rrap has sought to expose and reveal the ways in which the human body has been defined throughout Western Art History and culture. Throughout the 1990s until the present day, Rrap has used her own body in various postures through shadow play, masquerade, mirror and mime often representing a body in pieces, inevitably raising ethical and aesthetic issues in relation to how we depict, interpret and understand the human form.
Artworks to discuss
Persona and Shadow: Madonna, 1984
From the series Soft Targets
Digital print 120 x 120 cm