Beyond the Flower: 9the Autobiography of a Feminist Artist

Judy Chicago, Author
Judy Chicago, Author Viking Books $27.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-670-85295-6
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-14-023297-4
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When feminist artist Judy Chicago (born Judy Cohen) published her first autobiographical memoir, Through the Flower, which left off in the early 1970s, she believed that the aim of art was empowerment and social change. Writing this less fiery, more introspective sequel in semirural Albuquerque, where she lives with her husband and many cats, she despairs over whether there is any point in continuing to make art. Summing up her career, she evokes the collaborative energies that went into such projects as The Dinner Party, a multimedia, symbolic history of women, and Birth Project, an installation that portrays the childbirth experience as a heroic struggle. She and her husband, photographer Donald Woodman, rediscovered their Jewish roots in working on Holocaust Project, a touring exhibition that uses the Nazi genocide as a prism to probe the global structure of abusive power and powerlessness. Illustrations. Author tour. (Mar.)
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