Joanna Frueh (1948–2020) was an artist, writer and feminist scholar. In 2008 she was awarded a Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award. Her book Monster Beauty: Building the Body of Love, dealing with the aesthetics of beauty, pleasure and the erotic in everyday life was published by the University of California Press. Her writing combined theory with autobiography, photography, and poetry to develop these concepts. She was also a performance artist. Frueh received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in History of Culture. She was Professor of Art History Emerita at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she served from 1990 to 2006. Prior to that she was assistant professor of art history at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, (1983–1985) and the University of Arizona, Tucson (1981–1983). She authored and edited several books, notably Erotic Faculties (University of California Press, 1996) and Hannah Wilke: A Retrospective (1989); and was coeditor of Picturing the Modern Amazon (2000), Feminist Art Criticism: Art, Identity, Action (1994), and Feminist Art Criticism: An Anthology (1991). She wrote articles and reviews for Art in America, Art Journal, AfterImage, High Performance Magazine, and New Art Examiner, among others. Joanna Frueh died in Tucson, Arizona on February 20, 2020, due to complications from breast cancer.
1 Early life
3 Published works
3.2 Selected essays
4 See also
Frueh was born in 1948 in Chicago, Illinois to Erne Rene Frueh and Florence (Pass) Frueh.
Frueh received her Bachelor of Art from Sarah Lawrence College, in 1970; a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, in 1971; and her PhD, from the University of Chicago, in 1981.
Hannah Wilke: a retrospective. With Hannah Wilke and Thomas H. Kochheiser. St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1989.
Feminist art criticism: an anthology. Co-edited with Arlene Raven and Cassandra L. Langer. New York, NY: Icon Editions, 1991. Second edition. New York, NY: Routledge, 2019.
New feminist criticism: art, identity, action. Co-edited with Arlene Raven and Cassandra L. Langer. New York, NY: Icon Editions, 1993.
Erotic faculties. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.
Picturing the modern amazon. With the New Museum of Contemporary Art. New York, NY: Rizzoli, 1999.
Monster/beauty: building the body of love. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001.
Joanna Frueh: a retrospective. With Tanya Augsburg and Sheppard Fine Art Gallery. Reno, NV: Nevada Museum of Art, 2005.
Swooning beauty: a memoir of pleasure. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, 2006.
Clairvoyance (for those in the desert): performance pieces, 1979-2004. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008.
Unapologetic beauty. With Frances Murray. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2019.
While all of these essays are listed on WorldCat, some of the publishing details in WorldCat are incomplete. The end notes indicate the sources of the supplemental publishing details. All of the essays are included in anthologies.
"Aesthetic and post-menopausal pleasures." In M/E/A/N/I/N/G: an anthology of artists’ writings, theory, and criticism, edited by Mira Schor and Susan Bee, 59–67. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.
"The bed of the fairy princess." In Truth in nonfiction: essays, edited by David Lazar, 123–131. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2009.
"The Sphinx unwinds her own sweet self." In Contemporary art and classical myth, edited by Isabelle Loring Wallace and Jennie Hirsh, 313–337. New York, NY: Routledge, 2011.
"Visible differences: women artists and aging," In The other within us: feminist explorations of women and aging, edited by Marilyn Pearsall, 197–219. New York, NY: Routledge, 2019.
Feminist art criticism
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