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Red Flag

20th Century
20 in. x 24 in. (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)

Judy Chicago, American, b. 1939

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Photolithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Linda Unrad Gore
Accession Number: 2014.4
Red Flag poses an unwavering stance, a confrontational inquisition. Judy Chicago’s work is centered around demanding space for women in the art world. Notoriously iconic for her contributions to the feminist art movement of the 1970s, Red Flag is an excellent summation of her early feminist work in which she experimented with ways to integrate her formally abstract style with a new-found determination to openly express her experiences as a woman. Further, creating an image that depicts a variation of the female nude posed by a woman artist questions the historic nature of the nude in art institutions. The ultimate goal of the work is multifaceted but most important is the reclamation of personal empowerment, a dismantling of what is deemed appropriate or obscene, and the illumination of the connections between the personal and the private. Intentionally inflammatory, Red Flag implores us to question our reactions and our place in this system of silence and oppression around women’s bodies.

--Chloe Champion, December 2018

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