The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

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9780132357241: The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

Taking you back through the ages, The Guerri lla Girls demonstrate how males have dominated the art scene and discouraged or obscured women''s involvement. Their scep tical and hilarious interpretaions are augmented by other fe minists. '

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Masked Feminist Avengers take on the history of art.
Weíre an anonymous group of artists and art professionals formed in 1984 to expose racism, sexism and homophobia in the art world. We put provocative posters on the streets of New York and supporters copied and passed them all over. We became underground feminist heroes..... masked avengers like Robin Hood, The Lone Ranger and Wonder Woman. We staged protests, gave lectures and interviews, designed magazine spreads and finally wrote a memoir, Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls. Itís our account of 10 years of Guerrilla warfare with galleries, museums, art mags and auction houses. We discovered humor is a serious weapon against injustice and we became humorists and writers by default. Our numbers have grown, our identities remain secret. We have no hierarchy and work by consensus. Sure, we fight and whine a lot and then agree to disagree when we hit impasses. Each GG has projects she loves and ones she canít stand. After Confessions, we got this grandiose idea to rewrite western art history, telling the stories of all the great women artists who got left out. The deeper we dug , the more fascinating material we found: women who had to join convents to get a life, who cross dressed to work in public, who had to go far from home to do as they pleased. Female artists have led incredible lives and nobody knows about them! We tell their stories as ammunition for all girls who have the itch to become artists. Every year we make dozens of appearances at colleges, universities and art schools to tell our story and incite activism. Our web site at is where we reveal our adventures, show our latest actions, publish hate mail and hear from our friends and foes via (f)e-mail. While we love the mess of wallpaper glue and late-night sniping (slang for illegal postering), our web site takes us to places unimaginable when we started. Our dream is to launch an estrogen bomb into cyberspace and strike fear and terror in the hearts of misogynists and sexists everywhere. Join us!

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