Guerrilla Girls, ‘The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist’, 1988, CMA: Benefit Auction 2017

Framed Dimensions: 23" x 28"

Guerrilla Girls
The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of feminist activist artists that have been at the forefront of institutional critique of the art world since the 1980s. Wearing gorilla masks in public, they use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. Using their anonymity as a tool to focus viewer’s attention on the their subject matter - exposing the deeply patriarchal, discriminatory structures that underpin the production and maintenance of visual culture - they aim to break apart the mono-narrative of art history and advocate for institutional change. Their witty, striking slogans have become symbols of resistance to the mainstream art world across the globe. They have produced hundreds of projects across the world, including including Bilbao, Iceland, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai. The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist from Guerrilla Girls' Portfolio Compleat 1985-2012 is currently on view at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Signature: Work is signed

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist

About Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls is an anonymous collective of feminist women artists whose incisive social and economic commentary addresses systemic biases against women and people of color in the art world, often from within the institutional contexts their work critiques. Guerrilla Girls formed in New York in 1985 when the group produced a series of protest posters highlighting the stunning paucity of female artists, and near-total absence of black artists, represented in major museums and art galleries. The iconic posters employed polished graphic design and catchy slogans, inverting mainstream marketing tactics to lambast the willingness of artistic institutions to exploit the female body while excluding female narratives. Guerrilla Girls’ brazen approach to protest art proved both effective and influential, and the group continues to successfully spark dialogues about representation and diversity.