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Judy Chicago : an American vision
Lucie-Smith, Edward.
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New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, [2000]

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192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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N6537.C48 L83 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A prodigious body of work that has transformed perceptions of women's art and collaborative venture is fully scrutinized in the first book to cover the entire scope of an astonishing and influential career. One of the most controversial artists of our time, Judy Chicago is most famous for her groundbreaking installationsThe Dinner Party,Birth Project, andHolocaust Project. While these works have been analyzed extensively from artistic and historical perspectives, this book's in-depth discussion also embraces many of the artist's lesser-known pieces. Using a great variety of techniques, from drawing, painting, and printmaking to needlework and sculpture, her search for a personal means of expression is examined through lavish illustrations and edifying text.

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Booklist Review

Inspired by his coauthorship with Chicago in Women and Art [BKL D 15 99], Lucie-Smith has composed the first book-length study of Chicago that focuses on her work rather than on her role as a feminist icon. He connects Chicago to Georgia O'Keeffe and Thomas Hart Benton, then launches a groundbreaking assessment of her mastery of diverse techniques--from pyrotechnics to china painting and tapestry design--as well as her fascination with medieval art and the use of symbols to teach moral doctrines and her "longing for religious transcendence." Known best for her installation The Dinner Party, which has been praised and maligned with equal passion, Chicago has broken every tenet of fine art by utilizing what are considered women's crafts, working with collaborators, and creating overtly political statements in explorations of such volatile subjects as female sexuality and the Holocaust. A true original, Chicago has touched people all around the world who have little interest in the contemporary art scene but who care deeply about life. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

Judy Chicago (1939-) is something of a celebrity--she was voted 1973's "Woman of the Year" by Mademoiselle--and she has written two popular autobiographies documenting her artistic consciousness-raising. Many still remember her California installation piece, the accompanying performance Womanhouse (1972), and especially the notorious The Dinner Party (1979). She has been working industriously for these many years, producing several large-scale multimedia pieces that have not garnered such broad attention. Most of her artworks are "projects," calling on her organizational skills to persuade many people with no fine arts background to carry out her vision. The prolific Lucie-Smith, who has lately coauthored a book with Chicago (Women and Art: Contested Territory, LJ 9/1/99), presents many of these lesser-known pieces as well as the blockbusters and does a good job of offering a contemporary view of the artist. This handsome monograph, containing 275 illustrations, 240 in color, is recommended as an interesting, fact-filled tome for most serious collections and large public collections.--Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson Univ., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 From Free Spirit to Male Dragp. 12
Chapter 2 Fireworks, Literal and Figurativep. 26
Chapter 3 Through the Flowerp. 42
Chapter 4 The Dinner Partyp. 58
Chapter 5 Birth Projectp. 80
Chapter 6 Powerplayp. 100
Chapter 7 Holocaust Project From Darkness into Lightp. 118
Chapter 8 Drawing Is like Breathingp. 140
Chapter 9 Four Series Analysis and Synthesisp. 152
Chapter 10 Resolutions A Stitch in Timep. 166
Indexp. 190
Bibliography and Acknowledgmentsp. 192