The texts gathered in this volume embrace women artists-only exhibitions, festivals, collective art projects, groups and associations, organised in the long 1970s in Europe (1968-1984). These all-women art initiatives are closely related to developments within the political and politicized women’s movement in Europe and America but what emerges is the varied and plural manner of their engagements with feminism(s) alongside their creation of ‘heterotopias’ in relation to specific sites/ politics/ collaborative art practices. This book presents examples from Italy, Spain, UK, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Germany (East and West), The Netherlands, France and Sweden. While each chapter is largely devoted to one country, the authors point to how the local and specific political situation in which these initiatives emerged is linked to global tendencies as well as inter-European exchanges. Each chapter of this book thus assesses the impact of travelling views of feminism, by considering connections made between women artists (often when travelling abroad) or their knowledge of art practices from abroad. Distinct and highly varied attitudes towards political activism (from strong engagement to a clearly pronounced distance and even hostility) are shown in each essay and, what is more, they are shown as based on radically different premises about feminism, politics and art.
'One can only hope that this book will give rise to new publications on the same subject, which take Europe into account as a space for exchange and thought, as well as other, more peripheral, geographical areas.' (Translated from French)
Phoebe Clarke, Critique d’art
'All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s is an ambitious and invaluable contribution to the fields of art history and gender studies that acknowledges the diverse practices of women artists and enriches our understanding of this transformative period in the history of art and feminism.'
Ksenia Nouril, Women’s Art Journal
'The volume is characterized by its wealth of information [...] It is a knowledgeable and multifaceted contribution to the history of the women-specific and feminist art movement of the 1970s in a comparative and global perspective, and continues into the following decades.' (Translated from German.)
Edith Futscher, FrauenKunstWissenschaft