Faculty Book: Gail Levin
Becoming Judy Chicago: A Biography of the Artist
(Harmony Books/Random House, 2007)
Judy Chicago, artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans four decades, radically changed our understanding of women’s contributions to art and to society. Although once disparaged and misunderstood by the critics, Chicago’s innovative works, such as The Dinner Party (1974-79), have become icons of the feminist art movement, earning her a place amongst the most influential artists of her time. Gail Levin draws upon Chicago’s personal letters and diaries, her published and unpublished writings, and more than 250 new interviews with her friends, family, admirers, and critics, to give a richly detailed story of a great artist, a leader of the women’s movement, a tireless crusader for equal rights, and a complicated, vital woman who has dared to express her own sexuality in her art and demand recognition from a male-dominated culture. Gail Levin is a professor of art history at Baruch College and The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: FEB 27, 2007