” The Invisible Artist: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Multiple Personalities” (byPOSTED
“For many readers, Civic Radar will be the first opportunity to encounter the entire arc of Hershman Leeson’s career and get a sense of the breadth of her work. Though the exhibition traveled to several venues, none were in the United States. As the artist notes in one of the book’s interviews, about 70 percent of the works included in the ZKM retrospective had never been previously exhibited. “People told me it wasn’t art,” she says.
The opening essay, by the book’s editor, media theorist and ZKM chairman Peter Weibel, begins with a provocation. “Among the central terms of quests and questions of twentieth-century art and society are those of representation, identity and gender,” Weibel writes. “By way of a logical syllogism, one can infer that an artist who is dealing with these central problems in twentieth-century art is a central artist of the twentieth century.” In the straightforward equation he draws between substance and centrality, Weibel hints at a question that Hershman Leeson, like many other feminist artists of her generation, has confronted repeatedly throughout her career: what are the conditions that allow an artist to be visible?”, http://www.artnews.com/2016/04/20/the-invisible-artist-lynn-hershman-leesons-multiple-personalities/