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Author Hottle, Andrew D., author.

Title The art of the Sister Chapel : exemplary women, visionary creators, and feminist collaboration / Andrew D. Hottle (Rowan University, USA)
Published Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (black and white, color)
Contents From Genesis to Revelation : The Origins, Development, and Realization of The Sister Chapel -- Ilise Greenstein, Ceiling of the Sister Chapel/Elsa M. Goldsmith, Joan of Arc -- Betty Holliday, Marianne Moore/Shirley Gorelick, Frida Kahlo -- June Blum, Betty Friedan as the Prophet/Alice Neel, Bella Abzug -- the Candidate -- Sylvia Sleigh, Lilith/Cynthia Mailman, God/Diana Kurz, Durga -- May Stevens, Artemisia Gentileschi/Sharon Wybrants, Self-Portrait as Superwoman (Woman as Culture Hero) -- Martha Edelheit, Womanhero/Maureen Connor, Chapel Structure -- Epilogue : The Resurrection of The Sister Chapel
Summary "The Sister Chapel (1974-78) was an important collaborative installation that materialized at the height of the women's art movement. Conceived as a nonhierarchical, secular commemoration of female role models, The Sister Chapel consisted of an eighteen-foot abstract ceiling that hung above a circular arrangement of eleven monumental canvases, each depicting the standing figure of a heroic woman. The choice of subject was left entirely to the creator of each work. As a result, the paintings formed a visually cohesive group without compromising the individuality of the artists. Contemporary and historical women, deities, and conceptual figures were portrayed by distinguished New York painters--Alice Neel, May Stevens, and Sylvia Sleigh--as well as their accomplished but less prominent colleagues. Among the role models depicted were Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, Betty Friedan, Joan of Arc, and a female incarnation of God. Although last exhibited in 1980, The Sister Chapel has lingered in the minds of art historians who continue to note its significance as an exemplar of feminist collaboration. Based on previously-unpublished archival materials and featuring dozens of rarely-seen works of art, this comprehensive study details the fascinating history of The Sister Chapel, its constituent paintings, and its ambitious creators."--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-289) and index
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Subject Sister Chapel (Art installation)
Feminism and art -- United States.
Group work in art -- United States
Installations (Art) -- United States.
Women in art.
Création collective (art)
Feminism and art.
Femmes peintres -- États-Unis -- 20e siècle.
Féminisme et art -- États-Unis -- 20e siècle.
Group work in art.
Installations (Art)
Installations (art)
Women in art.
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2014002726
ISBN 1351546376