The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago
This is an interesting book to read, but I had no idea that there had been two previous autobiographies. I also had no real idea about the details and struggles of an artist’s life. Judy Chicago is a recognized pioneer among female artists, yet even she allied with male mentors in order to be taken seriously when she began her career in the early ’60s. She struggled to connect women to artistic achievement which culminated in her landmark Dinner Party. Art critics dismissed her work pejoratively, not acknowledging the painstaking research and assemblage which created it. Over four hundred women participated in the project which is an astounding collaborative achievement considering that many, if not most were not artists.
Chicago is a good and honest writer which makes this book so very interesting. She details her challenges to make inroads into male-dominated galleries and museums and also achieve funding to bring her monumental art into reality. From this book, I have a new appreciation for anyone called to make art, particularly from a feminine perspective.
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