Judy Chicago

We meet the LEGENDARY, trailblazing artist, author, educator and feminist icon Judy Chicago (b. 1939, Chicago, USA!!! We explore her major retrospective in New York's New Museum. Judy Chicago: Herstory spans her epic sixty-year career to encompass the full breadth of the artist’s contributions across painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, photography, stained glass, needlework, and printmaking.

Expanding the boundaries of a traditional museum survey, the exhibition will place six decades of Chicago’s work in dialogue with work by other women across centuries in a unique Fourth Floor installation. Entitled “The City of Ladies,” this exhibition-within-the-exhibition will feature artworks and archival materials from over eighty artists, writers, and thinkers, including Simone de Beauvoir, Hildegard of Bingen, Artemisia Gentileschi, Zora Neale Hurston, Frida Kahlo, Hilma af Klint, and Virginia Woolf, among many others.

Taking over four floors of the Museum, “Herstory” traces the entirety of Chicago’s practice from her 1960s experiments in Minimalism and her revolutionary feminist art of the 1970s to her narrative series of the 1980s and 1990s in which she expanded her focus to confront environmental disaster, birth and creation, masculinity, and mortality. Contextualizing her feminist methodology within the many art movements in which she has participated—and from whose histories she has frequently been erased—“Herstory” will showcase Chicago’s tremendous impact on American art and highlight her critical role as a cultural historian claiming space for women artists previously omitted from the canon.

Summer 2024, Serpentine gallery in London will present a new exhibition of Judy Chicago. Revelations will be Chicago’s first solo presentation in a major London institution. One of the most provocative and influential artists working today, Chicago came to prominence in the late 1960s when she challenged the male-dominated landscape of the art world by making work that was boldly from a woman’s perspective.

With a specific focus on drawing – a medium that has occupied Chicago’s artistic practice for over seven-decades – Judy Chicago: Revelations charts the arc of the artist’s career allowing visitors to uncover the breadth of her practice. It brings together archival and never-before-seen artworks, preparatory studies, notebooks and sketchbooks that reveal her working process and rigour in incorporating intensive, often years-long research. The exhibition presents the ways in which drawing functions as a mode to express Chicago’s innermost thoughts, hopes and, at times, most painful memories and experiences.

Judy Chicago lives and works in New Mexico, USA.

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Visit HERSTORY at the New Museum until 3rd March 2024: https://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/judy-chicago-herstory

Visit Judy's official website: https://judychicago.com/

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