Whitney Chadwick

American art historian and educator

Whitney Chadwick (born July 28, 1943) is an American feminist art historian, and Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University.


  • Attempts to juggle domestic responsibilities with artistic production have often resulted in smaller bodies of work, and often works smaller in scale, than those produced by male contemporaries. Yet art history continues to privilege prodigious output and monumental scale or conception over the selective and the intimate.
  • The word "artist" means man unless qualified by the category "woman."
  • The bizarre but all too common transformation of the woman artist from a producer in her own right into a subject for representation forms a leitmotif in the history of art. Confounding subject and object, it undermines the speaking position of the individual woman artist by generalizing her. Denied her individuality, she is displaced from being a producer and becomes instead a sign for male creativity.
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