Judy Chicago Biography
(American Feminist Artist and Writer Known for Her Art Work ‘The Dinner Party’ and ‘International Honor Quilt’)
Birthday: July 20, 1939 (Cancer)
Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Judy Chicago is a famous American feminist artist. Her real name was Judith Sylvia Cohen. Galley owner Rolf Nelson named her as ‘Judy Chicago’ for her strong personality and Chicago accent. She introduced the term ‘feminist art’ and started the first feminist art program in the United States. Judy got recognition for her sculptures of geometric forms. Her art works include painting on porcelain and airbrush painting on automobile hoods. Her works on performance art with the application of fireworks are truly praiseworthy. Feminist themes dominated her works from the early period of 1970s. She faced criticism for several of her art works. Critics described her “Dinner Party” that represents 39 women characters of mythological and historical significance as Utopian and obscene. Her “The Birth Project” that contains around hundred needlework designs, highlights women’s experience of giving birth. Her art work on Holocaust that describes the traumatic experience of the victims of concentration camps, created much agitation amongst the Jewish community. Besides creating art pieces, she has authored several books which include “Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist” and “Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist”.