Cover image for M/E/A/N/I/N/G : an anthology of artists' writings, theory, and criticism
M/E/A/N/I/N/G : an anthology of artists' writings, theory, and criticism
Bee, Susan.
Publication Information:
Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 467 pages ; 24 cm
Added Uniform Title:

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
N6512 .M378 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



M/E/A/N/I/N/G brings together essays and commentary by over a hundred artists, critics, and poets, culled from the art magazine of the same name. The editors--artists Susan Bee and Mira Schor--have selected the liveliest and most provocative pieces from the maverick magazine that bucked commercial gallery interests and media hype during its ten-year tenure (1986-96) to explore visual pleasure with a culturally activist edge.
With its emphasis on artists' perspectives of aesthetic and social issues, this anthology provides a unique opportunity to enter into the fray of the most hotly contested art issues of the past few decades: the visibility of women artists, sexuality and the arts, censorship, art world racism, the legacies of modernism, artists as mothers, visual art in the digital age, and the rewards and toils of a lifelong career in art. The stellar cast of contributing artists and art writers includes Nancy Spero, Richard Tuttle, David Humphrey, Thomas McEvilley, Laura Cottingham, Johanna Drucker, David Reed, Carolee Schneemann, Whitney Chadwick, Robert Storr, Leon Golub, Charles Bernstein, and Alison Knowles.
This compelling and theoretically savvy collection will be of interest to artists, art historians, critics, and a general audience interested in the views of practicing artists.

Author Notes

Susan Bee is an artist, editor, and designer who founded, coedited, and designed M/E/A/N/I/N/G magazine. She shows her paintings at A.I.R. Gallery in New York City and her artist's books include Little Orphan Anagram and Log Rhythms .

Mira Schor is on the faculty of the Fine Arts Department at Parsons School of Design. An award-winning painter and former coeditor and founder of M/E/A/N/I/N/G magazine, she is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture , also published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents

M/E/A/N/I/N/G: Feminism, Theory, and Art PracticeJohanna Drucker
IntroductionSusan Bee and Mira Schor
I Feminism and Art
"Post-Feminism"--A Remasculinization of Culture?Amelia Jones
Appropriated SexualityMira Schor
Why We Need "Bad Girls"
Rather Than "Good"
Ones!Corinne Robins
Barbara PollackLetter on Bad Girls and Barbara Pollack
A Conversation on Censorship with Carolee SchneemannAviva Rahmani
Aesthetic and Postmenopausal PleasuresJoanna Frueh
just a sketch...Laura Cottingham
A Conversation on Lesbian Subjectivity and Painting with Deborah KassPatricia Cronin
Monstrous DomesticityFaith Wilding
II The Politics of Meaning and Representation
For M/E/A/N/I/N/GCharles Bernstein
Figure/GroundMira Schor
The Critic Is (?) ArtistMarcia Hafif
12 Questions of ArtLucio Pozzi
Some Remarks on Racism in the American ArtsDaryl Chin
The Success of FailureJoel Fisher
Visual Pleasure: A Feminist PerspectiveJohanna Drucker
"I Don't Take Voice Mail"
Charles Bernstein
III Selections from the Forums
On Authenticity and MeaningArakawa and Madeline Gins and Susan Bee and Robert Berlind and Jake Berthot and Collins and Milazzo and Maureen Connor and Rackstraw Downes and David Humphrey and Komar and Melamid and Medrie MacPhee and Elizabeth Murray and Yvonne Rainer and Miriam Schapiro and Ann Schoenfeld and Pat Steir and Robert Storr and Lawrence Weiner
Contemporary Views on Racism in the ArtsEmma Amos and Josely Carvalho and Daryl Chin and Tom Finkelpearl and Madeline Gins and Renée Green and Hung Liu and Fern Logan and Juan Sanchez and Robert Storr
Over Time: A Forum on Art MakingRudolf Baranik and Arthur Cohen and Hermine Ford and Nancy Fried and Leon Golub and John Goodyear and Nancy Grossman and Yvonne Jacquette and Ellen Lanyon and Ann McCoy and Melissa Meyer and Howardena Pindell and Lucio Pozzi and Jacques Roch and Miriam Schapiro and Carolee Schneemann and Richard Tuttle and David von Schlegell and Lawrence Weiner and Faith Wilding
On Motherhood, Art, and Apple PieEmma Amos and Suzanne Anker and Susan Bee and Emily Cheng and Stephanie DeManuelle and Jane Dickson and Bailey Doogan and Hermine Ford and Mimi Gross and Freya Hansell and Yvonne Jacquette and Joyce Kozloff and Ellen Lanyon and Betty Lee and Lenore Malen and Ann Messner and Diane Neumaier and Nancy Pierson and Barbara Pollack and Erika Rothenberg and Miriam Schapiro and Arlene Shechet and Dena Shottenkirk and Joan Snyder and Elke Solomon and Nancy Spero and May Stevens and Martha Wilson and Barbara Zucker
On Creativity and CommunityJackie Brookner and David Humphrey and William Pope and Robert C. Morgan and Barbara Pollack and Jerry Saltz and Mira Schor
IV Artists'
Mother BaseballVanalyne Green
BatsTom Knechtel
The Discovered UncoveredNancy Spero
Running on Empty: An Artist's Life in New YorkSusan Bee
Reorganized Meditations on Mnemonic ThresholdJoseph Nechvatal
The Critic and the Hare: Meditations on the Death of My RabbitAnn McCoy
September 21, 1989Richard Tuttle
Alison Knowles: An InterviewAviva Rahmani
Media BaptismsDavid Reed
V Artists in Perspective
Florine Stettheimer: Eccentric Power, Invisible TraditionPamela Wye
Cartoons of the Self: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Murderer--Art Spiegelman's MausNancy K. Miller
Nancy Spero: Speaking in TonguesPamela Wye
Muse Begets Crone: On Leonora CarringtonWhitney Chadwick
Painting After Painting: The Paintings of Susan BeeMisko Suvakovic
When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears: An Interview with Thomas McEvilleyDominique Nahas
Appendix: Contents of M/E/A/N/I/N/G