Title

Contemporary German Women Artists Redefine the Art World: The Influence of Modern Avant-Garde Women Artists on the Success of Rebecca Horn, Rosemarie Trockel and Angela Hampel

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2002

Advisor

Lisa Ohm, Modern and Classical Languages

Abstract

In Germany, leading avant-garde women artists from the modern period, especially the Dada Movement, attempted to redefine the male-dominated art world on their own terms. Contemporary women artists, building on those historical roots, are continuing that redefinition and ultimately are gaining increased public recognition. The careers of three contemporary German women artists Rebecca Horn and Rosemarie Trockel from former West Germany and Angela Hampel from former East Germany, confirm the experience of earlier avant-garde women artists who found that redefinition of the feminine within art and society was vital totheir success. Although obstacles remain, contemporary women artists in the now united Germany are compelling the art world to balance exhibition ratios between males and females and an art society no longer limited by traditional roles. Through their provocative works these women are persuading the art world to redefine its canonical roots.

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