Judy Chicago: Deflowered
Chicago's early sculptures and paintings reveled in bodily, specifically genital, references that began to define the possibilities of a new feminist art. This phase in Chicago's career, sometimes described as her "minimal period," produced several innovative series: the Hood paintings on Chevy car hoods, which featured heavily stylized vaginas and penises in brightly colored symmetrical patterns; abstract sculptural "game boards" that riffed on children's games and building blocks; several series of iridescent acrylic domes arranged in groups of three; and the Flesh Gardens and Fresno Fan series of sprayed acrylic lacquer on acrylic and Prismacolor on paper. Spanning the years between 1961 and 1973, Judy Chicago: Deflowered is the first to gather and examine these seminal early works. The book includes a DVD of three of her Atmosphere performances, which also date from this time.