Judy Chicago: Installation View (29)

Judy Chicago: Installation View (29)
Archive Shelf Location BALTIC2019M
Publication Date 16 Nov 2019

Cartoon for the Fall 1987
Sprayed acrylic and oil on canvas
Courtesy the artist; Salon 94, New York; and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

Cartoon for the Fall is a preparatory work, produced for a master weaver to work from for monumental tapestry The Fall 1993. The work is part of the Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light 1985–93 that developed from the Chicago’s interest in issues of power and the ways in which being Jewish shaped her life and work. For Chicago, ‘The Holocaust Project is intended to bring some understanding to troubling and unresolvable questions. The work is structured as the journey from the darkness of the Holocaust into the light of hope and ‘a more peaceful, equitable world’. The project was an eight-year collaboration with her husband, the photographer Donald Woodman. The Fall is the first work in the series and was made using weaving techniques associated with medieval masterpieces such as The Lady and the Unicorn c.1500. Chicago selected this technique to express the idea that the Holocaust grew out of the very fabric of Western civilisation at a time of deep social and economic inequalities and political radicalisation.

Credit Rob Harris
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