Judy Chicago

Red Flag, 1971
Photo-lithograph on paper

Paper Dimensions:
20 x 24 inches
(50.8 x 61 cm)
Image Dimensions:
16 x 20 inches
(40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Edition of 94

Signed “Judy Chicago 1971” bottom right
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Sam Francis at the Litho Shop, Santa Monica, CA

Considered the first image of menstruation in art history, Red Flag was and remains controversial. It even caused a dispute between Chicago and her good friend and mentor Anaïs Nin, who disagreed with Chicago that it was an appropriate subject for art (Chicago and Nin quickly made up). One could aestheticize it and compare it to the ejaculatory process of the Abstract Expressionists, or one could just allow it to be exactly what it is: a radical image of an act that is both mundane (for those who perform it) and repulsive (for many who do not). Chicago writes of her disagreement with Nin and her defense of Red Flag, “We must make our hidden emotions and experiences visible and acceptable.”

Printed at Sam Francis’ private shop, Santa Monica, CA

Collection: Tate Americas Foundation

In a feminist gesture to subvert tradition, Judy "Gerowitz" chose to take control of her her own identy by changing her married surname to "Chicago" and even placed an advertisement in an October 1970 Artforum magainze announcing this news.

Printed in 1971, Red Flag was the first print produced where she began signing as "Judy Chicago."