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Judy Chicago, Birth Hood, 2015
Birth Hood, 2015
Offset lithograph on 250 gsm paper (hand signed and titled in gold marker)
Hand signed and titled in gold marker by Judy Chicago on the lower front
19.75 x 19.75 inches
The print was said to have been published in an un-numbered limited edition of 200. It is based upon the world renowned feminist artist Judy Chicago's famous series of works called Birth Hoods - a set of four spray-painted Chevrolet Corvair car hoods that Judy Chicago created in 1964. The car hood is traditionally machismo and represents the challenges Chicago faced in the art world.
Preceding her minimalist work, they contain the seeds of all the formal, conceptual and iconographic strategies that have informed Chicago’s feminist methodology to this day: the embrace of what she calls ‘fringe’ techniques and subjects unacceptable to the reigning art historical canon (here combining spray painting with biomorphic imagery laced with sexual innuendo), the material fusion of figure and ground and her distinctive rainbow palette. In order to make them, Chicago apprenticed at an autobody workshop as the only woman among 250 men, one of many ‘firsts’ that would come to define her career as the pioneering artist who paved the way for feminist art and arts education.