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Closed systems : Alexandra Luke, Hortense Gordon and the Canadian art history canon

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Closed systems : Alexandra Luke, Hortense Gordon and the Canadian art history canon

Anderson, Janice (1995) Closed systems : Alexandra Luke, Hortense Gordon and the Canadian art history canon. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The marginalization of women's art within the Canadian art history canon articulates the dichotomy which exists between the practice of making art in a Canadian context and the selective recording of that practice within written history. Canadian painters Alexandra Luke and Hortense Gordon made significant contributions to the development and acceptance of abstract art in Canada, not simply through their own art practice, but also as teachers, lecturers and exhibition organizers, especially in Ontario. In spite of this contribution and the local, national and international reputations that both women enjoyed, their work does not appear in a position of significance in Canadian art history texts. The origin and meaning of this marginalization is based on the social construction of gender with the standard canon privileging male production. Feminist intervention in this system has failed to fundamentally improve or change the structure which is power-based and difficult to destabilize.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Anderson, Janice
Pagination:106 leaves : 13 ill. (some col.), port. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art History
Date:1995
Thesis Supervisor(s):Foss, Brian
ID Code:89
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:09
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:12
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