Artwork Description

Judy Chicago – On Fire at 80

Dimensions: 24 x 30″ paper / 23 x 29″ plate
Year: 2019
Medium: inkjet print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper
Edition: ed. 50

“On Fire at 80” is a portrait of the artist in celebration of her 80th birthday with the colorful smoke she uses in her land art. Chicago is a performative land artist in one manner, but when she creates her land art, as she takes care to add softness and beauty to it, as if she is “feminizing” the environment with her work.

For over five decades, Chicago has remained steadfast in her commitment to the power of art as a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change and to women’s right to engage in the highest level of art production. As a result, she has become a symbol for people everywhere, known and respected as an artist, writer, teacher, feminist and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women’s right to freedom of expression. In 2018 Chicago was named both one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and a 2018 “Most Influential Artist” by Artsy Magazine. In 2019, she received the Visionary Woman award from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Her work is in the collections of the British Museum, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), National Gallery (Washington DC), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Getty Trust and Getty Research Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and over 25 university art museums such as Brandeis, Cornell, Harvard, Illinois, Michigan, UCLA, Canterbury (New Zealand) and Cambridge (UK).