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Judy Chicago (American, b.1939)

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Also known as:  Gerowitz, Judy; Cohen, Judy

Birth Place: Chicago (Cook county, Illinois, United States)

Biography:

Who is painter Judy Chicago?

Judy Chicago is an American installation artist whose feminist paintings and sculptures often deal with women’s roles throughout history and within the context of American culture. Her work is often varied and can include aspects of needlework alongside welding or pyrotechnics. She is best known for her piece, The Dinner Party (1979) which is installed at the Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum. It is considered by many to be the first epic feminist artwork.

Chicago is also a renowned professor and feminist organizer. She created the Feminist Art Program in the 1970s at Fresno College as well as Womanhouse, an art collective and performance space at the California Institute of the Arts. Chicago’s work has made its way into several prestigious institutions around the globe including The Brooklyn Museum, The Getty Trust, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, and the MoMA of San Francisco. Chicago continues to promote women’s art and feminist projects to this day.

What kind of art does Judy Chicago make?

Judy Chicago makes large scale art installation pieces, painting, and sculptures. Overwhelmingly, this art is informed by Chicago’s feminism. Her work often explores women’s roles in our culture and throughout history. She is considered one of the “first-generation feminist artists” a prestigious group that also includes Mary Beth Edelson and Rachel Rosenthal. Womanhouse is Chicago’s best-known work. A large-scale, collaborative piece that Chicago developed with Miriam Schapiro as well as several other artists. This piece took place inside an old mansion in Hollywood, the women renovated it, then used each room to display different aspects of womanhood. These rooms have evocative names like, “Eggs to Breasts” and “Nurturant Kitchen”.

How did painter Judy Chicago get started?

Judy Chicago was born in 1939 to a Jewish family whose lineage consisted of 23 generations of rabbis going back centuries. Chicago’s father was a noted labor organizer and Marxist whose views heavily influenced the young artist. Chicago’s activism and love of the arts were present from an early age. She was sent to the Art Institute of Chicago at the age of three. Later, she would attend UCLA on an art scholarship. While at UCLA, Chicago became active in UCLA’s NAACP chapter. She moved to New York and lived in the thriving art community of Greenwich Village. She would go back to receive her MFA from UCLA in the mid-1960s. Her first solo show was at the Rolf Nelson Gallery in Los Angeles in 1965.

How much are Judy Chicago paintings worth?

Judy Chicago art pieces are worth anywhere from a few thousand dollars for a small sculpture up to nearly $300,000 for a larger piece. The most ever paid for a Judy Chicago piece at auction is $288,000 for the sculpture Car Hood (1964) on October 14th, 2007. It’s a large scale piece, made from acrylic on a car hood. This is by far Chicago’s highest-selling piece, her next highest at auction is $60,000 (for the painting Evening Fan (1971)). Chicago still produces art today, but her value to the feminist art movement means that her demand could grow in the coming years.

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