Judy Chicago – what it takes to be a female artist

Image by Collier Schorr for the New York Times

In March last year I did a post about The Dinner Party, a seminal feminist artwork by artist Judy Chicago, I had managed to see it at the Brooklyn Museum, while on holiday. This article is about the long journey that work and Judy Chicago had to take to be taken seriously in a misogynst art world. It is a lesson in perseverance, self belief and what it takes to be an artist….a body of work!

Extract from New York Times article..link below

What it takes for Judy to take an artist seriously……

“Look, you know, before I get interested in somebody, they have to have a long, sustained career. Because that’s what real art grows out of.” Not the “make-it” dream, not bursts of youthful ingenuity, not critical acclaim — just continuing, no matter the circumstances, to make art. “That,” she said, “is what I admire.”

When Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” opened on March 14, 1979, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, no one had ever seen anything like it. It was theatrical, audacious and definitively feminist: a work of stark symbolism and detailed scholarship, of elaborate ceramics and needlework that also nodded to the traditional amateurism of those forms, a communal project that was the realization of one woman’s uncompromisingly grand vision, inviting both awe and identification. It caused an immediate sensation. But that was only the beginning of its tumultuous life.

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York


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