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The 'intrusion of women painters': Ethel Anderson, modern art and gendered modernities in interwar Sydney, Australia
Womens History Review (2012)
  • Jane Hunt
Abstract

In the interwar period in Sydney, Australia, male art gallery trustees, directors, and art schoolteachers objected to female advocacy and practice of artistic responsiveness to the modern. The dialogue between these two parties has often been interpreted in terms of a margin/centre dichotomy. Closer examination of the case of Ethel Anderson suggests that this model is inadequate. She demonstrated the transnationally apparent predilection of women to infusing civic cultures with the fleeting and every day, thus inverting the spatial cues to cultural authority and presenting a gendered challenge to institutionalised, masculine notions of cultural authority.

Keywords
  • Australian,
  • history,
  • artists,
  • discrimination
Publication Date
January 1, 2012
Publisher Statement
Hunt, J. (2012). The 'intrusion of women painters': Ethel Anderson, modern art and gendered modernities in interwar Sydney, Australia. Women's History Review, 21 (2), 171- 188.
2012 HERDC submission. FoR code: 210300
© Copyright Taylor & Francis, 2012
Citation Information
Jane Hunt. "The 'intrusion of women painters': Ethel Anderson, modern art and gendered modernities in interwar Sydney, Australia" Womens History Review Vol. 21 Iss. 2 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jane_hunt/9/