Fierce Women of Art
In the same breath that I will say “please don’t ever refer to my gender before you refer to my work” I will share this list of lady artists, because … sometimes you have to be a big pill when society is sick.
Huff, sigh, shuffle, and growl. Go get ’em girls.
The Guerrilla Girls are feminist activist artists. Over 55 people have been members over the years, some for weeks, some for decades. All have kept their identities hidden by wearing masks, and assuming the name of a bad ass lady artist, such as Frieda Kahlo.
The content below is from Hyperallergic
While it’s not their most in-depth or out-there interview, this Late Show appearance did manage to spread the Guerrilla Girls’ feminist message to a mainstream cable audience — something of a first for a group that originally operated on the fringes of the art world.
Still, there are a few things — compiled from slightly more subversive interviews — that we wish the Guerrilla Girls had managed to tell this mainstream cable audience:
- They’ve had moles in the offices of major museums. “Our first extended attack [on a museum] was a 1987 Clocktower show about the politics of the Whitney Biennial,” the Guerrilla Girls told artist Cindy Sherman in Interview Magazine in 2012. “We even had a deep throat in the development office smuggle out sensitive info about the trustees. The museum’s response: silence.” Since then, their attacks on museums and institutions have been far more effective: “After we made fun of the National Gallery of Art, they vowed to change their ways. Ditto the Tate Modern and MoMA. Even the venerable Venice Biennale has improved a bit since our giant 2005 installation about its discriminating history. Whenever our work appears at an institution like that, we get tons of emails from people telling us that our work showed them something they never knew about art and culture.”
- Some Guerrilla Girls may or may not wear their gorilla masks while having sex.
- “All women are born Guerrilla Girls.” In a 1995 interview, group member Lee Krasner speculated on the number of Guerrilla Girls out there: “We secretly suspect that all women are born Guerrilla Girls. It’s just a question of helping them discover it. For sure, thousands; probably, hundreds of thousands; maybe, millions.”