We are xtremely excited and proud to announce a new publication by artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual Judy Chicago! Taken during Chicago's performance of Purple Poem for Miami last year in Miami Beach, Florida, this photograph depicts the artist confronting the viewer head-on - a stance consistent across Judy's four-decade long career and a physical demonstration of her commitment to the power of art as a vehicle for social change. Cirrus published one of Judy's very first prints, titled Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1973 (below). This new print is the first in an ongoing series of publications made to celebrate Cirrus' 50th anniversary. The 50th series is broad in scope and will involve the individual release of new publications by artists we've worked with over the last five-decades in honor of our collaborative history. The series will also incorporate publications we're producing with artists entirely new to Cirrus' stable. In the spirit of honoring milestones, this premier release in our series of 50th anniversary publications follows Chicago's 80th birthday earlier this year.
The new edition is in dialogue with Chicago's ongoing engagement of pyrotechnics to vibrant effect on landscapes geographic and cultural. Chicago began working with pyrotechnics in the late 1960s with the goal of feminizing the southern California art scene at a time when it was almost entirely male-dominated. These site-specific performances all around California, often titled Atmospheres, were intended to transform the landscape, introducing a feminine impulse into the environment, and many of them were focused on recreating early women-centered activities like the kindling of fire or the worship of goddess figures.
A retrospective - the largest exhibition of Chicago's work to date - opened at the de Young Museum, San Francisco in May of 2020. Alongside the museum show, Turner Caroll Gallery in Santa Fe, NM presented the online exhibition film Judy Chicago: A Revolution in Print this fall.
Born July 20, 1939 – Chicago, IL Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans five decades. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is attested to by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Her work is in the collections of the British Museum, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), National Gallery (Washington DC), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Getty Trust and Getty Research Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and over 25 university art museums such as Brandeis, Cornell, Harvard, Illinois, Michigan, UCLA, Canterbury (New Zealand) and Cambridge (UK).