Through the Flower, 1991
Silkscreen on Stonehenge natural white paper with deckled edges. Hand Signed and numbered with artist's unique inventory number verso. Unframed.
31 × 31 in
78.7 × 78.7 cm
In the age of "Me-Too" - one of the first self-proclaimed feminist artists, the creator of the iconic "Dinner Party" - is now having her day. And boy is she having her day - with a major ICA retrospective in Miami held during Art Basel/art fair week in 2018, and glowing editorials and re-appreciations of her life and career including more planned exhibitions and retrospectives. The present work - "Through the Flower" is Judy Chicago's most iconic print - and in fact this image is the very same one chosen for the cover of her eponymous autobiography about being a woman in a male-dominated artworld. (Her autobiography is titled "Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist" - and she even set up a 501C3 Foundation called "Through the Flower".) This rare vintage limited edition signed silkscreen on stonehenge white paper with deckled edges (pencil signed, titled and numbered from the limited edition of only 100) is based on the famous 1973 Judy Chicago painting now in the permanent collection of the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art. So for any collector who seeks the most emblematic Judy Chicago print -- this is it. Unframed, in fine condition; bears artist's unique inventory number verso. For reference only is an image of Chicago's autobiography "Through the Flower", with an introduction written by Anais Nin.
According to the "Art Story" - below is an analysis of the original 1970s "Through the Flower" painting upon which this print is based:
"Created by the artist after Chicago's decade-long "struggl[e]... in a male-dominated art community," Through the Flower marks the artist's newfound embrace of less abstract and more accessible imagery: the female sexual organ, depicted here as a round element or opening. The painting's "trippy" opticality relates at least in part to the artist's experience with mood-altering drugs. The subject matter is radical: genitals were always demurely concealed or merely suggested in the tradition of the female nude, yet here the vaginal opening constitutes the focus of the work. Through the Flower is one of the landmark pieces of Chicago's early feminist phase. It serves as the title and cover of the artist's 1975 autobiography as well as the name of the non-profit feminist art organization she founded in 1978..."
Signed, titled, dated and numbered on the recto (front) in pencil