Judy Chicago – Immolation


Artwork Description

Judy Chicago – Immolation

Dimensions: 48 x 48″ finished size / 48 x 48″ unframed
Year: 1972,2019
Medium: ChromaLuxe metal print on aluminum
Edition: 2/3, 2 APs

Judy Chicago’s “Immolation” was created in 1972 and is still as powerful an image as it was at that time. Flash Art Magazine used the image on its January 2019 cover, stating ” Judy Chicago’s Immolation (1972) from her “Women and Smoke” series (1968–74) counts among those Chicago made before taking up the central core imagery that constitutes her landmark 1974–79 work The Dinner Party, with which she is often narrowly identified. On the occasion of “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning,” a major survey opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, (in)December, (2019), Flash Art invited Géraldine Gourbe, Viki D. Thompson Wylder, William J. Simmons, and Stephanie Seidel to reflect on Chicago’s practice and legacy. This special dossier seeks to supplement the artist’s popular recognition with a plurality of critical voices.”

Immolation is from Chicago’s “Atmospheres” series of performative, land-based art. In this series, Chicago attempts to “feminize the landscape” by using soft, colored smoke, rather than by harming the landscape by defacing it, as male artists were doing at in their early earth-based works. Her title, Immolation, refers to the Indian practice of sati, in which a woman sets herself on fire on her husband’s funeral pyre.