“To (un)dress: Clothes, Women and Feminist Ideology in Modern Art”

By Tal Dekel.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Clothes carry inherent implications and can be used for examining sociological, psychological and even philosophical questions. They serve as a barometer of change in society and are related to issues of gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.
Starting with the end of 19th century, during which the modern feminist movement was first established in the West, seminal art works done by women artists will be discussed. From the “First wave feminism” to the “Third wave feminism”, feminist theory, politics and activism have fundamentally changed, giving rise to many various voices and formulations, such as multiculturalism and gender fluidity. The paper will demonstrate the ways in which women artists made use of the theme of clothes in order to raise questions regarding gender and social status of women in society.

Keywords: Gender, Feminist Ideology, Clothes, Multi Culturalism, Political Criticism, Women’s Status

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.171-188. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.264MB).

Dr. Tal Dekel

Adjanct Faculty Member, The Women and Gender Studies Program, Tel Aviv University, Ramat-Hasharon, Israel

Tal Dekel received her Ph.D. in Art history in 2004. She currently teaches at the Women and Gender Studies program at the Tel Aviv University and at the “Midrasha” Art College of Beit-Berl, Israel. Tal Specializes in diverse aspects of modern and contemporary art, focusing on issues of visual culture in relation to women, gender and multi-culturalism. Tal’s research is currently focused on various aspects of globalization and its manifestations all over the world, specifically in the Israeli locus. Some of her latest papers deal with the effect of immigration on two minority groups in the Israeli society: Ethiopian women artists and Illegal foreign workers that are refugees from Africa.


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