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Print - Dishrag Diagrammatic
  • Dishrag Diagrammatic
    Brodsky, Judith K., born 1933
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Dishrag Diagrammatic

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brodsky, Judith K., born 1933 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour etching on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.135-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MP, shelf 320

Judith Brodsky was an important figure in the feminist movement in the arts in the 1970s in the USA. The title of this piece suggests that it is in some way instructive, like a diagram. With its brilliant colour and almost hieratic disposition across the page, it unashamedly celebrates the worn and humble dishrag. The general depiction recalls a national flag, suggesting that the work of women in the home should be recognised as key to social cohesion and a source of pride, national and personal. At the same time, it is frayed and torn like the battle standard of an army which has fought long and hard. It thus suggests physically demanding effort and struggle - the 'constant battle' of the housewife against dirt and disorder perhaps? The object’s identity is not immediately clear, but once it emerges the viewer recognises its ironic humour as well as the underlying seriousness.

This print was created for a portfolio for the United Nations Year of the Woman in 1977, along with work by eleven other New Jersey artists.

Physical description

Image of torn dishcloth on a black ground, made to look like a torn and frayed flag. Horizontally striped cloth. Red, with, at top, green and blue stripes, below, yellow purple and blu stripes all on a red ground.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1977 (made)

Artist/maker

Brodsky, Judith K., born 1933 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Judith K. Brodsky / Dishrag Diagrammatic / I/XX'
Signature; title; edition number

Dimensions

Height: 56.5 cm sheet, Width: 55.9 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Judith Brodsky: Dishrag Diagrammatic, 1977. Colour etching of a dishrag

Labels and date

Judith K. Brodsky, an artist and printmaker, was an important figure in the feminist movement in the USA in the 1970s. This print takes a humble domestic object – a dishrag, or tea-towel – and presents it like the tattered battle flag of a victorious army. An emblem of women’s work in the home, it also signifies the successes of feminist activism in women’s fight for liberation.
[11/09/2017]

Production Note

This print was created for a portfolio for the United Nations Year of the Woman in 1977, along with work by eleven other New Jersey artists.

Materials

Colour printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Domesticity; Feminism; Dishrag

Categories

Household objects; Prints; Feminism

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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