Judith Cohen (1939– ) was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a family of Jewish socialists. She began drawing at the age of three. From 1947, she attended art classes at the Institute of Chicago but in 1948, her father left his union job during the height of the McCarthy era, fell sick and died two years later. She won a scholarship to train at UCLA, and married Jerry Gerowitz, but in 1961, he was killed in a car accident. She had her first solo exhibition in 1965 and in the 1970s her work took on more overtly feminist themes. She had remarried, to sculptor Lloyd Hamro, but invented a new surname – Chicago, rather than use her husband’s surname.
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