Becoming Judy Chicago: A Biography of the Artist

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Univ of California Press, Oct 16, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
Born to Jewish radical parents in Chicago in 1939, Judy Cohen grew up to be Judy Chicago—one of the most daring and controversial artists of her generation. Her works, once disparaged and misunderstood by the critics, have become icons of the feminist movement, earning her a place among the most influential artists of her time.

In Becoming Judy Chicago, Gail Levin gives us a biography of uncommon intimacy and depth, revealing the artist as a person and a woman of extraordinary energy and purpose. Drawing upon Chicago’s personal letters and diaries, her published and unpublished writings, and more than 250 interviews with her friends, family, admirers, and critics, Levin presents a richly detailed and moving chronicle of the artist’s unique journey from obscurity to fame, including the story of how she found her audience outside of the art establishment.

Chicago revolutionized the way we view art made by and for women and fundamentally changed our understanding of women’s contributions to art and to society. Influential and bold, The Dinner Party has become a cultural monument. Becoming Judy Chicago tells the story of a great artist, a leader of the women’s movement, a tireless crusader for equal rights, and a complicated, vital woman who dared to express her own sexuality in her art and demand recognition from a male-dominated culture.
 

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Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
28
Section 4
43
Section 5
53
Section 6
79
Section 7
101
Section 8
133
Section 13
304
Section 14
333
Section 15
369
Section 16
397
Section 17
400
Section 18
401
Section 19
415
Section 20
421

Section 9
175
Section 10
206
Section 11
250
Section 12
303
Section 21
428
Section 22
459
Section 23
464

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Gail Levin is a biographer, art historian, and curator of landmark exhibitions. She is Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the City University of New York. She is the author of many books, including Edward Hopper: A Catalogue RaisonnéEdward Hopper: An Intimate BiographyLee Krasner: A Biography, and Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art.

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