JUDY CHICAGO "UNTITLED" ENAMELLED PIN, 1993

Judy Chicago (b. 1939) is a world-renowned American artist and preeminent figure of the Feminist Art movement of the 1970's. Throughout her career, Chicago has consistently challenged the male-dominated art world with her colorful creations by addressing issues of femininity, historical oppression, and power. Chicago further propelled her art into her roles as an educator, writer, and social activist. 

Chicago's best know work, "The Dinner Party" is an icon of feminist art and a major accomplishment in installation. It debuted to much sensationalism in 1979, featuring thirty nine place settings replete with vaginal imagery set on a triangular table. Each place setting was named after a famous historical or mythical woman overlooked by history. This large-scale work ultimately toured several continents and reached an audience of millions. After many years in storage, in 2007 it re-opened in its permanent home at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

By the mid-1980's Chicago's interests shifted as she began to explore the abuses of the Holocaust. Chicago had rigorously examined her female identity and decided to explore her identity as a Jew in 1984. One year later Chicago met and married photographer Donald Woodman who was also Jewish. Together they sought to better educate them themselves on the Holocaust and it's impact on society.  

Together with Woodman, the couple channeled their research into an artistic collaboration titled "The Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light" (1985-1993). Ideas of oppression, injustice, and murder were explored through the lenses of the Holocaust in a variety of media. 

This pin features the powerful logo Judy Chicago designed for "The Holocaust Project". The logo was both a memorial to the Nazi's victims and a new icon to symbol of courage and survival. The logo is based on a larger-stain glass artwork created for the exhibition of the same design.

The concentric triangles in the design are each represent the communities marked by the Nazi's for extinction: yellow (Jews), pink (male homosexuals), black (anti-socials, including lesbians), blue (immigrants), red (political prisoners), brown (gypsies) and green (criminals). The color yellow is employed twice to emphasize the extreme suffering of the Jews. The two yellow triangles are placed as the outer and inner-most triangles to symbolize the idea that the Holocaust "began with the Jews, but it did not end with them." The outer edges of barbed wire and flames reference the imprisonment and burning of victims in Nazi concentration camps.

 Today, Chicago remains more relevant and in demand than ever.  In 2020 she was commissioned to present the Dior Haute Couture presentation.  Time magazine included her as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2018. Despite Judy Chicago's importance and productivity, objects by the artist from this time period are incredibly rare. 

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"Holocaust Project Logo Pin and Pendant"

USA, 1993

Enamel pin with pendant loop

Incised date and artist's name verso

2.5"H 2.5"W

Very good condition

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