The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) and its Significance for Aesthetics

In Feminist Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: Critical Visions, Creative Engagements. Springer Press (forthcoming)
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Abstract
In 1970, art critic Linda Nochlin articulated the radical question, "Why are there no great women artists?" The Feminist Art Project (http://feministartproject.rutgers.edu) is engaged in a national and international re-assessment of that question, complete with a long overdue commemoration and celebration of women artists. Given TFAP's stated emphasis on recognizing the aesthetic impact of women on the visual arts and culture, questions arise within our own philosophical community about the potential impact of TFAP, the significance of women artists, and the role of feminist art and theory among philosophers, notably aestheticians. What is the impact of the ASA Feminist Caucus Committee (begun in 1990 within the American Society for Aesthetics) on signature scholarship within mainstream aesthetics? More generally, what is the future of feminism and aesthetics? Is there a(ny) significant future for feminism within aesthetics?
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