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The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation [Hardcover]

Judy Chicago
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23 Feb 2007
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 Ltd; New edition edition (23 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858943701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858943701
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 24.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Judy Chicago is a world-renowned artist, author and educator. Her major installations The Dinner Party, the Birth Project, the Holocaust Project and Resolutions have been exhibited worldwide.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judy Chicago: The dinner party 7 Mar 2009
I bought The Dinner Party because it is simply the best resource available on the history of women's achievements through the centuries. Not many books provide biographies of 999 women outstanding in their field, whether history, art, medicine or science, and not many books show how a huge installation such as the Dinner Party has been consistently ignored by the art world, to the extent that it took Judy Chicago many years to get it a permanent home and the beginnings of the recognition it deserves. The descriptions and photos of the craft techniques are superb and inspiring, and the research has probably never been bettered - and it is important to bear in mind the fact that the historical research was begun in the late 1960s when 'women's studies' was barely a gleam in the eye of academic departments in the USA: primary sources were therefore hard to locate and harder to access. The Dinner Party is therefore one of the most important sources of information on the history of women.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dinner Party - From Creation to Preservation 28 Feb 2011
By Phil
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I saw this exhibition some years ago and was impressed by how original, provocative and artistic it was. I'd seen no exhibition like it and the subject matter was fascinating. It was also not surprising that the ceramics generated both admiration and some unease. At that time I could find little information on the hundreds of dedicated women depicted in the table settings or named on the floor. This book is exactly what I was hoping for, with excellent photos of the exhibits, fascinating accounts of the preparation and construction, and also enough bigraphical data on the women to begin further studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift for young women 24 Oct 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. 19 May 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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 2 Nov 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 19 July 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!!! 6 Jun 2011
By franny264 - Published on Amazon.com
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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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