New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia, and the World

Women as Painters and Painted: Between City and Country, Past and Present

Julia Andrews

Julia Andrews, The Art of Modern China, 2012, book cover.

The importance of women in society has played an important role in the rhetoric and practice of reformers in modern China. Yet, despite the conspicuous role of women artists in China’s urban centers during the first half of the twentieth century, they faded into the background or even disappeared from the art scene between the 1950s and the 1990s, particularly as socialist realism focused on representing the heroic actions of liberated, “degendered” peasants and factory workers. How and to what extent have women as artists reemerged in recent decades? And how has the countryside receded from their concerns? 

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