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Title:
American women sculptors : a history of women working in three dimensions
Author:
Rubinstein, Charlotte Streifer.
Publication Information:
Boston, MA : G.K. Hall, 1990.
Physical Description:
638 pages : illustrations 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816187324
Format :
Book

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Library Journal Review

Reminiscent of her American Women Artists: From Early Indian Times to the Present ( LJ 3/15/83) , this book is an exhaustive recounting of sculpture and some ``crafts'' made by American women artists, carefully compiled and illustrated for the general reader. Rubinstein includes virtually all pioneering women sculptors, largely basing her account on reputable secondary sources. Better still are the commentaries resulting from the author's own interviews. The stance is dogmatically feminist and the writing amateurish, but the book contains essential information. There can be no doubt that women seeking a career in the field made amazing sacrifices in their life choices as a matter of course. Necessary for most public collections.-- Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Tow son State Univ., Md. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Although contemporary women sculptors are acknowledged, the historical achievements of women sculptors throughout the decades continue to pass unrecognized. Ceramics, textiles, and other design media are areas in which women have traditionally carried on creative work. By abolishing the hierarchical categories established to differentiate high from low art, the significance of women's role in low or decorative arts is accorded its just position. Rubinstein begins her survey with the baskets and ceramics of early Native Americans and documents each progressive phase of sculpture through to the three-dimensional works of the 1980s. The volume is handsomely produced but regretably limited to black-and-white illustrations; color often proves vital to sculpture as an art form and intensifies its aesthetic appeal. Despite this minor flaw, American Women Sculptors will assume a prominent position in every art reference collection next to Rubinstein's companion volume, American Women Artists (CH, Mar'83). -L. Doumato, National Gallery of Art