The Elephant In The Art Room Analysis

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The elephant in the Art room The mother the other Addressing the elephant in the Art room Linda Nochlin posed the question in her 1971 article “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Arguing it was necessary to question “the unstated domination of white male subjectivity” that shaped the art historical canon; the article explored the reasons for the severe asymmetry of female to male artists throughout the course of art history. When examining western art as viewed through the canon one must first ask what the canon is when applied to art. The glossary of the National Gallery London, defines the Canon of Art History as “The conventional timeline of artists who are sometimes considered as ‘Old Masters’ or ‘Great Artists’”. The Oxford dictionary gives this definition “A general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged:” This simple question changed the way art history was and still is viewed questioning the patriarchal assumptions…show more content…
women do to themselves what men do to them – objectify themselves, her mirror is the subjective view of the male, John Berger in his book Ways of Seeing, talks about [3] “men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object -- and most particularly an object of vision: a

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