Gluck : Art and Identity
'Gluck’s stylized and severely masculine appearance always attracted as much attention as her similarly elegant paintings and is rightly given equal weight in a superbly illustrated collection of essays, Gluck: Art and identity' - TLS
Hannah Gluckstein (who called herself Gluck; 1895-1976) was a distinctive, original voice in the early evolution of modern art in Britain. This handsome exhibition catalogue for a show at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery presents a major reassessment of Gluck's life and work, examining, among other things, the artist's numerous personal relationships and contemporary notions of gender and social history. Gluck's paintings comprise a full range of artistic genres-still life, landscape, portraiture-as well as images of popular entertainers.
Financially independent and somewhat freed from social convention, Gluck highlighted her sexual identity, cutting her hair short and dressing as a man, and the artist is known for a powerful series of self-portraits that played with conventions of masculinity and femininity.
The catalogue features richly illustrated contributions by experts in dress history, gender studies and curatorship and is a timely and significant contribution to gender studies and to the understanding of a complex and important modern painter.
One of the TLS 2017 Books of the Year.
- Author: Amy de la Haye, professor of dress history and curatorship at London College of Fashion
- Hardcover: 208 pages | 236 colour illustrations
- Date published: November 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300230482
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.7 cm