Judy Chicago

Love Story, 1971
Offset photo-lithograph on paper

Paper Dimensions:
16 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches
(41.3 x 31.8 cm)
Image Dimensions:
15 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
(38.7 x 29.8 cm)

Edition of 250

Signed “Judy Chicago 1971” bottom right

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Love Story is a powerful and enduring image that combines violent imagery with text, specifically a passage from Pauline Réage’s erotic novel The Story of O from 1954. The role of pornography in feminism would rage throughout the late 1970s into the present, and it is clear that Chicago has always been a sex-positive feminist. Yet here, slightly before porn became a fraught talking point for feminists, she also questions the implications of sexual media made for the consumption of men and characterized by the brutalization of women.

Printed in Los Angeles, CA