Feminist Art's Colorful History

Tal Dekel begins her book "Gendered: Art and Feminist Theory" with a scandal: the history of the 1974 photograph by sculptor Lynda Benglis in which the artist poses with a dildo.

Dekel's book, published by Hakibbutz Hameuchad, surveys artists like Benglis during feminism's second wave. Dekel also discusses the third wave, which began in the 1990s, and feminism today, including in Israel.

She covers the history and social currents that spawned radical feminism and feminist art, as well as trends such as protest art, lesbian art, representations of motherhood and the politics of identity.

"In the broadest possible sense, the book deals with power relations in culture," says Dekel. "It covers a wealth of topics concerning relations between women and men, and women who decide to think actively and politically about what has to change in society."