M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists' Writings, Theory, and Criticism
Susan Bee, Mira Schor

496 pages (November 2000)

ISBN 0-8223-2534-9 Cloth - $69.95
ISBN 0-8223-2566-7 Paperback - $22.95

M/E/A/N/I/N/G brings together essays and commentary by over a hundred artists, critics, and poets, culled from the art magazine of the same name. The editors¨artists Susan Bee and Mira Schor¨have selected the liveliest and most provocative pieces from the maverick magazine that bucked commercial gallery interests and media hype during its ten-year tenure (1986-96) to explore visual pleasure with a culturally activist edge.

With its emphasis on artistsĂ perspectives of aesthetic and social issues, this anthology provides a unique opportunity to enter into the fray of the most hotly contested art issues of the past few decades: the visibility of women artists, sexuality and the arts, censorship, art world racism, the legacies of modernism, artists as mothers, visual art in the digital age, and the rewards and toils of a lifelong career in art. The stellar cast of contributing artists and art writers includes Nancy Spero, Richard Tuttle, David Humphrey, Thomas McEvilley, Laura Cottingham, Johanna Drucker, David Reed, Carolee Schneemann, Whitney Chadwick, Robert Storr, Leon Golub, Charles Bernstein, and Alison Knowles.

This compelling and theoretically savvy collection will be of interest to artists, art historians, critics, and a general audience interested in the views of practicing artists.

˘M/E/A/N/I/N/G reflects a time when artists were, in a sense, the critical theorists of the moment. Mira Schor and Susan Bee inspired many of them to write about the subjects that were closest to their hearts, minds, and art.÷¨Elizabeth Hess, art critic

˘The beauty of this book is the brilliant amassing by Susan Bee and Mira Schor of so many voices, ideas, and approaches. This anthology is full of gems, separately and in their juxtapositions. Fascinating, rich fare.÷¨Moira Roth, coauthor of Difference/Indifference: Musings on Postmodernism, Marcel, Duchamp, and John Cage

Susan Bee is an artist, editor, and designer who founded, coedited, and designed M/E/A/N/I/N/G magazine. She shows her paintings at A.I.R. Gallery in New York City and her artistĂs books include Little Orphan Anagram and Log Rhythms.

Mira Schor is on the faculty of the Fine Arts Department at Parsons School of Design. An award-winning painter and former coeditor and founder of M/E/A/N/I/N/G magazine, she is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture, also published by Duke University Press.



Table of Contents for M/E/A/N/I/N/G

Johanna Drucker / M/E/A/N/I/N/G: Feminism, Theory, and Art Practice

Susan Bee and Mira Schor / Introduction

I. Feminism and Art

Amelia Jones / ˘Post-Feminism÷¨A Remasculinization of Culture?

Mira Schor / Appropriated Sexuality

Corinne Robins / Why We Need ˘Bad Girls÷ Rather Than ˘Good÷ Ones!

Barbara Pollack / Letter on Bad Girls

Aviva Rahmani / A Conversation on Censorship with Carolee Schneemann

Joanna Frueh / Aesthetic and Postmenopausal Pleasures

Laura Cottingham / just a sketch . . .

Patricia Cronin / A Conversation on Lesbian Subjectivity and Painting with Deborah Kass

Faith Wilding / Monstrous Domesticity

II. The Politics of Meaning and Representation

Charles Bernstein / For M/E/A/N/I/N/G

Mira Schor / Figure/Ground

Marcia Hafif / The Critic Is (?) Artist

Lucio Pozzi / 12 Questions of Art

Daryl Chin / Some Remarks on Racism in the American Arts

Joel Fisher / The Success of Failure

Johanna Drucker / Visual Pleasure: A Feminist Perspective

Charles Bernstein / ˘I Don't Take Voice Mail÷

III. Selections from the Forums

Arakawa & Madeline Gins, Susan Bee, Robert Berlind, Jake Berthot, Collins & Milazzo, Maureen Connor, Rackstraw Downes, David Humphrey, Komar & Melamid, Medrie MacPhee, Elizabeth Murray, Yvonne Rainer, Miriam Schapiro, Ann Schoenfeld, Pat Steir, Robert Storr, Lawrence Weiner / On Authenticity and Meaning

Emma Amos, Josely Carvalho, Daryl Chin, Tom Finkelpearl, Madeline Gins, Renëe Green, Hung Liu, Fern Logan, Juan Sanchez, Robert Storr / Contemporary Views on Racism in the Arts

Rudolf Baranik, Arthur Cohen, Hermine Ford, Nancy Fried, Leon Golub, John Goodyear, Nancy Grossman, Yvonne Jacquette, Ellen Lanyon, Ann McCoy, Melissa Meyer, Howardena Pindell, Lucio Pozzi, Jacques Roch, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Tuttle, David von Schlegell, Lawrence Weiner, Faith Wilding / Over Time: A Forum on Art Making

Emma Amos, Suzanne Anker, Susan Bee, Emily Cheng, Stephanie DeManuelle, Jane Dickson, Bailey Doogan, Hermine Ford, Mimi Gross, Freya Hansell, Yvonne Jacquette, Joyce Kozloff, Ellen Lanyon, Betty Lee, Lenore Malen, Ann Messner, Diane Neumaier, Nancy Pierson, Barbara Pollack, Erika Rothenberg, Miriam Schapiro, Arlene Shechet, Dena Shottenkirk, Joan Snyder, Elke Solomon, Nancy Spero, May Stevens, Martha Wilson, Barbara Zucker / On Motherhood, Art, and Apple Pie

Jackie Brookner, David Humphrey, William Pope, Robert C. Morgan, Barbara Pollack, Jerry Saltz, Mira Schor / On Creativity and Community

IV. Artists' Musings

Vanalyne Green / Mother Baseball

Tom Knechtel / Bats

Nancy Spero / The Discovered Uncovered

Susan Bee / Running on Empty: An Artist's Life in New York

Joseph Nechvatal / Reorganized Meditations on Mnemonic Threshold

Ann McCoy / The Critic and the Hare: Meditations on the Death of My Rabbit

Richard Tuttle / September 21, 1989

Aviva Rahmani / Alison Knowles: An Interview

David Reed / Media Baptisms

V. Artists in Perspective

Pamela Wye / Florine Stettheimer: Eccentric Power, Invisible Tradition

Nancy K. Miller / Cartoons of the Self: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Murderer¨Art Spiegelman's Maus

Pamela Wye / Nancy Spero: Speaking in Tongues

Whitney Chadwick / Muse Begets Crone: On Leonora Carrington

Misko Suvakovic / Painting After Painting: The Paintings of Susan Bee

Dominique Nahas / When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears: An Interview with Thomas McEvilley

Appendix: Contents of M/E/A/N/I/N/G



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