Judy Chicago – Needlework Sampler, from the Resolutions series
Dimensions: 37 x 25.5″
Media: counted cross-stitch and embroidery on cotton
Judy Chicago’s Needlework Sampler from the Resolutions series was created between 1994 – 2000. In Chicago’s own words, “I wanted to explore the values that hold society together and to present some positive images for a global future through a series of reinterpreted proverbs. I also wanted to expand the combining of painting and needlework that I had explored in the Birth Project.” The images put forth in “Resolutions” suggest that the only way out of the challenges we face today requires working together to create a world of justice and equality for all.
Judy Chicago’s artworks are found in the permanent collections of the world’s top museums. Gloria Steinem, upon introducing her long time friend as she was being honored by the Hammer Museum, famously said she could define art history as before and after Judy Chicago. There are numerous monographs and books about Judy Chicago, including the most recent monograph published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Art historians and curators can search the Judy Chicago Portal, which combines her archives at Harvard, Penn State, and National Museum of Women in the Arts. In 2020 Judy Chicago completed a widely acclaimed collaboration with Dior Couture in Paris, in which her Female Divine monumental sculpture was erected outside the Rodin Museum in Paris and housed her banners posing the question “What if Women Ruled the World?” Read more about why Dior invited her to collaborate with them to champion women artists. Judy Chicago is one of the most important contemporary artists of the last 100 years.
-Tonya Turner Carroll