Exhibiting Gender; Sarah Hyde

Exhibiting Gender, by Sarah Hyde, Manchester University Press.


This book looks into an exhibition called “Women and Men”, held at Manchester University’s Whitworth Art Gallery between 1991 and August 1992. 
One of the themes of this book is the “way in which our ideas about gender and art have been affected by the way in which British art galleries have collected, displayed and interpreted both art by women and representations of women”. page 41. 
“Images of naked and semi-clothed female bodies which would evoke quite different responses if reproduced on page three of the Sun hardly raise an eyebrow when shown in an art gallery”. page 41. 
Artwork of the norms of womanhood are still subjected to ridicule, such as a print by Paula Chambers “Ashes to Ashes” which dealt, amongst other things, the topic of menstruation caused many complaints when exhibited at the Whitworth in 1992. Mainly being called ‘offensive’, ‘most upsetting’ and ‘disgusting’.


Frank Dobson, Study of a Nude Female Torso, 1927

This is a very skilled piece of artwork, I especially like how confident the pose of the body has taken. Which particularly works with the bold colours down the one side, this watercolour seems to be showing a woman very comfortable with her sexuality.



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