Frances Stark: The Architect & The Housewife

Frances Stark: The Architect & The Housewife
Library Shelf Location ABC-STAR
Publication Date 1999

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Frances Stark’s The Architect & The Housewife unfolds as a sequence of interrelated texts that consider − amongst many other things − the varying roles that gender acts out in contemporary art practice. Stark’s wry, humane and often playful text, examines the inherent tensions − both emotional and social − that operate at the juncture where the private and the public meet.


The text, which opens innocuously enough, as a gentle riff on domesticity soon unfolds to reveal a promiscuous tangle of associations. The Architect & The Housewife indexes a bewildering, seemingly infinite range of cultural references, that includes: Oscar Wilde’s The Critic as Artist, Danish ‘Modern’ furniture, domesticity, the studio, loneliness, consumerism, Ikea, the family, friendships, the spectacle, modernism, the avant-garde, Romanticism, architecture, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, home economics, public art, Daniel Buren, marriage, tattoos, R. M. Schindler, E.H. Gombrich and − perhaps most significantly − scatter cushions.


Edition of 1,500

ISBN 9781870699402
Quantity 1
Pages 36 pages; Soft cover; 200 x 155 mm
Format Softcover
Publisher Book Works, London
Related Artist Frances Stark
Categories BALTIC Artists' Book Collection (by appointment), Artists' Books
Language English

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