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The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation [Hardcover]

Judy Chicago , Donald Woodman

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Feb. 1 2006
Judy Chicago’s masterpiece The Dinner Party is a monumental work of art conceived as a symbolic history of women in Western civilization. Strategically countering the traditional erasure of women’s achievements, this epic installation honours 1038 iconic, mythical, archetypal and historical women. This, the most definitive book to be published on Chicago’s masterwork, reveals more fully than ever before the art and the artist’s expanded research into the rich history embodied in the installation. In lively contextualizing sections, Chicago discusses the creative genesis of The Dinner Party, the technical processes involved, and the work’s early – often hostile – reception by the art world, and its subsequent preservation and permanent exhibition.

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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers; New edition edition (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858943701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858943701
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 24.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world's most famous and controversial work of feminist art, Judy Chicago's Dinner Party has found a permanent home some 30 years after its creation in the Brooklyn Museum's new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Chicago celebrates in a sumptuous and comprehensive volume dedicated to her radical and extraordinarily crafted sculptural installation, telling the compelling story of its five-year collaborative creation, phenomenal popularity with the public, and vicious critical condemnation. Long committed to making socially conscious art, Chicago marvels over how much has changed in the field of women's history since the 1960s, when she began researching women's lives. Never one to stint on hard work, or miss the opportunity to educate people, Chicago presents brief and vivid updated biographies of the 39 women represented at the triangular table with elaborate ceramic plates and beautifully embroidered runners and the 999 women whose names appear in the porcelain-tiled Heritage Floor. Gorgeous new photographs by Woodman, Chicago's husband, offer stunning close-ups. For more on Chicago and her work, see Gail Levin's biography, Becoming Judy Chicago (2007). Donna Seaman
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Carefully, thoroughly and vividly educates in all the ways Chicago intended three decades ago - SELVEDGE Sumptuous - CERAMIC REVIEW

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift for young women Oct. 23 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the exhibit book for "The Dinner Party", the historic
feminist art project led by Judy Chicago. It consists of a
table with 39 place settings, each honoring a legendary or
real woman. Each setting consists of painted and sculpted
china plates and embroidered tapestries, both replete with
imagery and symbolism. I am giving it to a young female
friend for her 13th birthday, and I've already given it to
a 17-year-old cousin. Congress considered this work obscene,
but I consider it a masterpiece.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, illustrated guide to the art of Judy Chicago. May 18 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
The Dinner Party: From Creation to Reservation offers up an excellent, illustrated guide to the art of Judy Chicago. All other books documenting her DINNER PARTY are all out of print, but even when they were available, none offered such an extensive, full-color treatment as does THE DINNER PARTY: FROM CREATION TO RESERVATION. Documentary photos follow its creation and an essay by Judy Chicago surveys the history of women, the collaborative effort involved, and the history of the work's exhibition. Perfect for college-level art libraries; especially those with some works on Judy Chicago already in their holdings.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Nov. 2 2008
By Patchouli Medusa - Published on Amazon.com
I love judy chicago's dinner party. The art is organic and really fits the different representations of the women she is trying to portray. This book has pictures of the plates, as well as the individual runners for the plates. It also has information about the 999 women who's names form the dinner party. Not everyone has a plate, but there is a little bio about them. I really like to pull this book out for inspiration and information about the women represented in this book. It's a great art book that really illustrates this piece, since I may never see it in person.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Women and for Men Who Appreciate Them July 19 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A triumph! A long-awaited celebration of truth about all womankind! A must-have for all women. and for men who truly appreciate their worth! Every female in the world should read this book cover-to cover and rejoice. A rare and beautiful work of art--second only to The Dinner Party exhibit itself. I am going to give this book to my daughter, friends of varying ethnic backgrounds, and several lesbian friends. How often do you find a book that speaks to the entire human race about the valuable contributions of the so-called "weaker sex"? Now we must all work to get The Dinner Party exhibit traveling, as it was originally intended to do, so that we can all personally stand in awe at this altar to all Eve's daughters!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as expected!!! June 6 2011
By franny264 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had seen this book at a New York Museum but figured i would purchase it online...well the one i saw was in color and this one was not in color at all...still like looking at the book but was a bit disapointed....

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