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Surveying Judy Chicago: 1968–2008

Weiss Gallery
Calgary, Alberta AB – Sep 26, 2009 - Jan 23, 2010

Judy Chicago, Feeding Frenzy (2000)

Judy Chicago, Feeding Frenzy (2000) watercolour and oil paint on Arches paper, Courtesy of Judy Chicago, Photo: Donald Woodman [Weiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta AB – Sep 26 – Jan 23]

Judy Chicago, Reaching/Uniting/Becoming Free (1979)

Judy Chicago, Reaching/Uniting/Becoming Free (1979), Serigraph, edition of 100, Courtesy of Judy Chicago, Photo: Donald Woodman [Weiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta AB – Sep 26 – Jan 23]

Judy Chicago, Grand Flaming Fist 1 (2007)

Judy Chicago, Grand Flaming Fist 1 (2007), etching and glass paint on cast glass, Courtesy of Judy Chicago, Photo: Donald Woodman [Weiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta AB – Sep 26 – Jan 23]

Judy Chicago, Malehead 8 (1984)

Judy Chicago, Malehead 8 (1984), sprayed acrylic and oil on canvas (primed with rabbit’s skin glue and matte medi), Courtesy of Judy Chicago, Photo: Donald Woodman [Weiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta AB – Sep 26 – Jan 23]

Surveying Judy Chicago: 1968–2008 features a survey of 100 artworks by Judy Chicago created over the past 40 years. Chicago is a well-known feminist artist whose pioneering work has been disseminated through the establishment of the Feminist Art Program at California State University, Fresno (1970); the Cal-Arts Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts (1971); and the Feminist Studio Workshop in the Los Angeles Women's Building. Today, Chicago is married to photographer Donald Woodman and serves as the Artistic Director of Through the Flower, a non-profit arts organization created in 1978.

The Weiss Gallery exhibition is Chicago’s first commercial show in western Canada and includes drawings, ceramics, paintings, textiles, lithographs and glassworks. Each of the artist's major bodies of work is represented, from early minimalist work and her pre-feminist art; to pieces from her epic installation The Dinner Party, the Powerplay series, and the Holocaust Project; and from whimsical work from her Kitty City series and evocative Female Desire works; to her most recent explorations, Chicago in Glass. Judy Chicago will be in attendance at the opening reception Saturday September 26, 2–5 pm

The Art Gallery of Calgary is concurrently showing a touring textile exhibition, If Women Ruled the World: Judy Chicago in Thread, a co-production between the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto and The Art Gallery of Calgary, until ] January 23, 2010. Examples of Chicago’s textile work over several decades explore concepts of “thread as brushstroke.”

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Mia Johnson


 Fri, Sep 4, 2009