Art News | The Guerrilla Girls remain victoriously masked after 30 years


The 30th birthday party for the Guerrilla Girls at the Abrons Art Center in Manhattan in May.Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

Melena Ryzik champions the work of the Guerilla Girls, an activist, feminist art collective who recently celebrated their 30th anniversary at the Manhattan Abrons Art Center in May. Writing for the International New York Times, Ryzik recounts their artworks that first rocked the art world back in the 1980’s and speaks of their continued legacy today. The identities of the collective remain a mystery, as the women wear gorilla masks and work under the pseudonyms of feminist dead artists like Alice Neel, Zubeida Agha, Frida Kahlo and Käthe Kollwitz (which the two founding members assume). The masked advocates of feminine equality who have protested the elitism of the art world with posters such as the renowned ‘Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get Into the Met Museum?’ continue to be recognized as the groups collection of 88 posters from 1985 to 2012 became available to the public at the Whitney Museum of American Art. As they document the vast number of women and minorities in the art world, their work continues to be invaluable as David Kiehl, the Whitney’s curator for prints affirms, ‘To me, they are art world royalty.’

via The New York Times


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