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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists central to the Feminist Art movement. Read more about the movement on the Feminist Art Overview page. Also, review the Proto-Feminist artists.

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Serbian-American Artist

Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Feminist Art

Born: November 30, 1946 - Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Marina Abramović's is one of the key artist in the performance art movement. Her work often involves putting herself in grave danger and performing lengthy, harmful routines that result in her being cut or burnt, or enduring some privation.


American Multimedia Artist and Musician

Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Installation Art

Born: June 5, 1947 - Glenn Ellyn, Illinois, USA

Laurie Anderson is a musician and performance artist who, since the 1970s, has made experimental works using song, violin, keyboard and instruments of her own creation.


American Sculptor, Painter, Conceptual and Performance Artist

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Feminist Art

Born: October 25, 1941 - Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lynda Benglis is an American artist associated with process-based and anti-form art. Best known for her floor-based "spills" and latex sculptures, she adds a critical feminist perspective to post-minimalist work.


American Sculptor, Printmaker, and Draftswoman

Movements and Styles: Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dada, Minimalism

Born: January 15, 1931 - Providence, Rhode Island

Bontecou created works that challenged the conventions of sculpture by famously hanging them on walls like they were paintings. Using found objects, scrap metals and other materials, Bontecou incorporated an industrial look to her abstract, and at times futuristic, art.


British Painter

Movement: Neo-Expressionism

Born: 1969 - London, England

Cecily Brown is a British painter, best known for her works that incorporate visual elements of figuration and abstraction into an explosive style that builds upon aspects of Willem de Kooning's practice.


American Painter, Sculptor, and Installation Artist

Movements and Styles: Feminist Art, Installation Art

Born: July 20, 1939 - Chicago, Illinois

Judy Chicago is an American feminist artist and author. Originally associated with the Minimalist movement of the 1960s, Chicago soon abandoned this in favor of creating content-based art. Her most famous work to date is the installation piece The Dinner Party (1974-79), an homage to women's history.


French-American Painter, Sculptor, Performance, Conceptual, and Installation Artist

Movements and Styles: Nouveau Réalisme, Feminist Art, Performance Art, Conceptual Art, Modern Sculpture

Born: October 29, 1930 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Died: May 21, 2002 - La Jolla, California, USA

Niki de Saint Phalle explored the various roles and representations of women in society. Her innovative use of found objects, unconventional materials, natural environments, graphic aesthetics, and assemblage in her art made her a prominent figure of 1960s Nouveau Realisme.


British Sculptor, Photographer, Painter, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Young British Artists, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Body Art

Born: July 3, 1963 - London, UK

Tracey Emin is a British artist and a member of the famed YBA's (Young British Artists). She is best known for her provocative and sexually-charged works, often in the form of personal traumatic events exhibited in an unapologeticly and willfully to the public.


American Photographers, Designers, Activists and Conceptual Artists

Movements and Styles: Feminist Art, Contemporary Art

Born: 1984

The Guerrilla Girls are a radical feminist activist group that agitates for women's equality in museums and the art world. Originating in the 1980s and active to this day, they are famous for their poster designs and the gorilla masks their members wear as disguises.


American Painter

Movement: Abstract Expressionism

Born: March 28, 1922 - Newark, New Jersey

Died: November 15, 2008 - Baltimore, Maryland

Grace Hartigan was an American painter and an important figure among the second generation of Abstract Expressionists. Her paintings are characterized by their rich color and bold mixture of abstract and figurative styles.

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British Sculptor

Movements and Styles: Surrealism, Modern Sculpture

Born: January 10, 1903 - Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK

Died: May 20, 1975 - St Ives, Cornwall, UK

Barbara Hepworth was an English sculptor who helped develop modern sculpture, along with her contemporaries Henry Moore, Ben Nichols and Naum Gabo. She won a scholarship and studied at the Leeds School of Art in 1920.Feminist Art Modern Sculpture Surrealism Abstraction British


American Designer, Graphic Artist, and Photographer

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Postmodernism

Born: January 26, 1945 - Newark, New Jersey

Barbara Kruger is an American Conceptual artist. Much of Kruger's work merges found photographs taken from existing sources with pithy and aggressive text. Her captions engage the viewer in the work's greater struggle for power and control.


Japanese Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, Installation, Performance, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminist Art, Performance Art

Born: 1929

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese multimedia artist, best-known for her awe-inspiring and captivating installations of polka dots and psychedelic colors. Through her installations, poetry, paintings, performances, and film she importantly contributed to many of the post-war art movements.


American Photographer, Painter, Sculptor, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, The Pictures Generation, Modern Photography, Appropriation Art, Feminist Art, Institutional Critique

Born: April 17, 1947 - Hazelton, Pennsylvania

Levine is an American photographer, appropriation artist, and seminal figure of The Pictures Generation group. The subject of much controversy in the 1980s, Levine is best known for her rephotographs of work by Edward Weston, Vincent van Gogh, and Marcel Duchamp.


Cuban-American Performance Artist, Sculptor, Painter, Photographer and Video Artist

Movements and Styles: Feminist Art, Performance Art, Body Art, Land Art

Born: November 18, 1948 - Havana, Cuba

Died: September 8, 1985 - New York City

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American performance artist who created work in the late twentieth century focusing on violence against the female body, as well as pieces involving a close connection with nature and the landscape.


American Sculptor

Movement: Feminist Art

Born: September 23, 1899 - Kiev, Russian Empire

Died: April 17, 1988 - New York, New York

Louise Nevelson was a Russian-born American artist who worked in the WPA and was a member of the Abstract Expressionist scene. She is best known for her black-painted constructions of assembled crates, boxes, headboards, and other wooden materials.


Spanish Painter and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Modern Photography

Born: 1946 - Valencia, Spain

Oliver is a Spanish Pop artist who collaborated with the collective Equipo Crónica while New Figuration was influencing the work of the group.


Japanese-American Conceptual and Performance Artist, and Musician

Movements and Styles: Happenings, Fluxus, Performance Art, Conceptual Art

Born: February 18, 1933 - Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese-American artist, musician, author, and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking as well as her marriage to the lendary John Lennon. Ono was highly succcesful iin bringing feminism to the forefront of the art world through her performance and conceptual pieces.


American Multi-media Artist, Social Activist, Author, and Art Professor

Movements and Styles: Postmodernism, Activist Art

Born: October 8, 1930 - Harlem, New York City, USA

Ringgold is an African-American artist, author, and activist, best known for her painted story quilts. Her quilts blur the line between "high art" and "craft" by combining painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling.


American Painter, Photomontage, Installation, Video, Performance Artist

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Feminist Art, Video Art, Performance Art

Born: July 29, 1943 - Brooklyn, New York

Rosler's work with performance, video, and photography has garnered wide attention in the postmodern era for its feminist connotations, addressing body image issues and domesticity. Rosler's work has also explored the imagery of war, from Vietnam to Iraq.

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