Old (Edition of 120), 2013
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Lithograph, etching on mullberry chine-colle on Rives BFK grey paper
18 x 15.50 in
In the present work, Judy Chicago turns the subject of the female nude on its head: from the Renaissance though the twentieth century in Western art, the female nude was a favorite subject within the male-dominated field of art making. In such storied paintings as Titian's 'Venus of Urbino,' Ingres' 'Large Odalisque,' and even Manet's controversial 'Olympia,' the female nude is presented as a subject of titillation for the gaze of men. As a woman artist working during the course of second- and third-wave feminism in the United States, and now as a woman artist in her old age, this print is especially poignant. Chicago presents the viewer with a self portrait - she stands directly facing the viewer, arms wide and mouth open, the signs of her age present throughout her nude form. In her mouth, the word 'OLD' emerges as though she is shouting. The sense of her voice is emphasized by the text behind her body, a letter to the viewer exclaiming her age, life experience, but also how she persisted. 18 x 15.5 inches, image 30 x 22 inches, sheet 34.75 x 26.75 inches, frame Lithograph, etching on mullberry chine-colle on Rives BFK grey paper Signed and dated in pencil, lower right Title in pencil, lower center Unnumbered from the edition of 120 in pencil, lower left Framed to conservation standards using 100 percent rag matting and UV clear glass, housed in a silver gilded moulding 118 signed and numbered impressions for the members of the Madison Print Club with one for the Chazen Museum of Art and one for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (additional 20 artist's proofs, 1 RTP proof, 2 printer's proofs).