Seeing and Feeling.

Fortnum, Rebecca (2004) Seeing and Feeling. In: Unframed: Practices and Politics of Women's Contemporary Painting. I B Tauris. ISBN 1 86064 771 5

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Special Individual Circumstances. Unframed: Practices and Politics of Women's Contemporary Painting is a compilation of 10 essays/chapters by artists and theoreticians, commissioned and edited by Rosemary Betterton. The book is a sustained analysis of the relationship between women's contemporary painting and feminism. It includes writing by theorists engaged with the practice of painting and also, more unusually, practitioners engaged in theory. Contemporary painting is sometimes thought of as a neglected area within feminist literature on visual culture, and so this book was seen as an important contribution to current debates. Fortnum's chapter entitled Seeing and Feeling examines notions of spectatorship in relation to painting and feminism. By positing the notion of the spectator as 'the site where the work happens' she explores the 'choreography' of the viewer. Her account of the viewer's engagement with the paintings of Jane Harris and video and photographic works of Sam Taylor-Wood, explores ' a serial activity' that unfolds over time and is 'materially situated'. She also questions the ethical and political relations between the artist, the work and her audience. The exhibition Unframed (funded by the Arts Council) was held in the Standpoint Gallery in Hoxton, London and exhibited work by the 12 UK-based artists discussed in the book, coinciding with the book launch. The show included a range of practices that use paint and also those using other media, but which evolve from painting's history and debates. Fortnum gave an artist's talk as part of the Gallery's education programme. Other outcomes: Unframed symposium, Camberwell College, University of the Arts, London (2004, organised by Fortnum). Fortnum's book was reviewed in The Art Book, Vol 12 issue 2 by Rebekka Kill. RAE_import_type : Chapter in book RAE_uoa_type : LICA
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