Title

The 'intrusion of women painters': Ethel Anderson, modern art and gendered modernities in interwar Sydney, Australia

Date of this Version

4-1-2012

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only

Hunt, J. (2012). The 'intrusion of women painters': Ethel Anderson, modern art and gendered modernities in interwar Sydney, Australia. Women's History Review, 21 (2), 171- 188.

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2012 HERDC submission. FoR code: 210300

© Copyright Taylor & Francis, 2012

ISSN

0961-2025

Abstract

In the interwar period in Sydney, Australia, male art gallery trustees, directors, and art schoolteachers objected to female advocacy and practice of artistic responsiveness to the modern. The dialogue between these two parties has often been interpreted in terms of a margin/centre dichotomy. Closer examination of the case of Ethel Anderson suggests that this model is inadequate. She demonstrated the transnationally apparent predilection of women to infusing civic cultures with the fleeting and every day, thus inverting the spatial cues to cultural authority and presenting a gendered challenge to institutionalised, masculine notions of cultural authority.

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