Press Release

In her 80th birthday year, BALTIC presents the first major survey of pioneering feminist artist, author and educator Judy Chicago. The exhibition spans the artist’s 50-year career, from her early actions in the desert in the 1970s, to her most recent series, The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction (2013–18), which has not been previously shown outside of the US.



International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2019

Judy Chicago

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (United Kingdom)

16.11.2019 - 19.04.2020




Judy Chicago, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

This survey explores Chicago’s work from the perspective of the human condition, connecting birth, death and emotions, whilst highlighting the devastating effects of attacks against nature, extinction and climate change. Over the past five decades, Chicago has approached art as a means to affect intellectual and social change for women. Her work has employed media from traditional crafts such as needlework and china painting to deploying pyrotechnics and explosives in her actions, and creating paintings and prints that document personal and environmental narratives over long periods of time. At the heart of her most recent work is a consuming awareness of the environment and the impact of climate change on the natural world.

The exhibition includes a selection of photographs from Chicago’s iconic Atmosphere series (1967–2017), which proposes a feminist approach to land art, intended to transform and soften the landscape—inserting a feminine impulse into the environment. A triptych of photographs from A Purple Poem for Miami (2019) will be seen for the first time in a commission for BALTIC’s entrance area lightbox.

Curated by Irene Aristizábal

Exhibition November 16, 2019 - April 19, 2020. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

S Shore Rd, Gateshead Quays

Gateshead NE8 3BA

(United Kingdom).







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