Judith Golden



Artist: Golden, Judith

Title/Date: Untitled, 1970

Description of the work:  

This photography of a woman is a hand-tinted with her left eye cut out. In that space, there is a real eye looking out as though the photograph was a mask. Her left hand is resting against her cheek with four arrows coming out pointing to the eye cut-out, to the cheek, the teeth and the mouth. There is also an arrow pointing to woman’s hair on her left temple. There are two white rectangles; one above the left brow and one in the lower right corner, with the words IT HOT, in white text. In the upper right corner is display the word PLAYS. There are also four lines of hand-written text across the bottom section of the photograph but the word are illegible. The woman in the photograph has a heavy make up of blue-eye shadow, bright blush and deep red lipstick.

In her work, Golden addresses issues of gender, identity, popular culture and the influence of media. She often uses cut up magazines to change and alter her identity. She manipulates the image using it as a mask for the real individual.


Judith Greene Golden and born in 1934 and grew up on the south side of Chicago in a multi-cultural neighborhood which influenced her early work. As a child, she attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1973 graduated from the School of the Art Institute with a B.F.A. degree. In 1975, she earned her M.F.A. from the University of California. At this point, Golden began her long involvement with self-portraits, role-playing, and caricatures spoofing the media.

Golden accepted a faculty position in the Art Department at University of Arizona, Tucson in 1981. This new location introduced her to Native American rituals that often utilize the mask to conceal the individual in order to reveal a more universal spirit. This concept of the mask became the basis for her images which have explored the human connection with nature, the eternal, and the universal for the past twenty years.

The Center for Creative Photography established the Judith Golden Archive in 1996, which contain an overview of her photographic prints, proofs, letters, journals, and other materials that reflect her work and career. Golden has received numerous grants including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Polaroid Corporation. Her work appears in A History of Women Photographers, by Naomi Rosenblum, Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography, by Robert Hirsch, and other publications and catalogs on contemporary photography.

Golden’s mixed media photographs are exhibited and collected worldwide including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and others. In 1987, Friends of Photography and the Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco published a monograph of her images. Judith Golden is currently working on a new series, “Memory Mosaics,” which represents fragments of memory, history and mystery.


Signed: No

Date and dimension: 1970; Image: 13 ⅜” x 10 ½”; Framed: 21” x 17”

Medium: Hand-colored silver print

Accession # and Acquisition date: acc.# 1980.22.06; date: 1980

Condition: Excellent.

Provenance and the Exhibits: UNK; “Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers,” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, February 2011.

Framed: Framed.

Current location: The piece is a part of the New Mexico State University’s permanent collections.


-Fischer, Hal. “Judith Golden,” Artforum 20, 4 (1981)

http://judithgolden.com/about-the-artist/biography/ Accessed December 7, 2016.

-Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Museum Ethics Help Build the Collection, posted Aug 4, 2011 http://www2.artsmia.org/blogs/new-pictures/tag/facing-the-lens/ Accessed December 7, 2016.

-Rosenblum, Naomi. A History of Women Photographers. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 2010.

– Hirsch, Robert. Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education, 2008.

Reproductions: NA

Researched by: Latha Sankaran, 14 November 2016.