Feminist Masked Avengers Win Acceptance

Jul 5, 2011

"Guerrilla Girls: ‘Feminist masked avengers’ win acceptance in art world they target"
By Jessica Goldstein
The Washington Post; July 1, 2011

"The poster is yellow. A naked woman reclines on plush, red fabric. Half her right breast is visible. Her left foot rests gently on her right calf. She is famous, this woman with the long bare back. Her body is lifted from “Grande Odalisque” and has been lounging at the Louvre for years. But on this yellow poster, there is something different about her.

"She has the head of a gorilla.

"Above her body is the question: 'Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?'

"'Less than 3% of the artists in the Modern Art sections are women,' the sign continues, 'but 83% of the nudes are female.'

"The gorilla, teeth bared and nostrils flared, snarls at the words. There are more gorillas where she came from. In fact, there is an entire organization of them: the Guerrilla Girls.

"They call themselves 'feminist masked avengers.' The Guerrillas create art designed to hold society accountable for its sexist or racist dealings, and they do so anonymously, using the names of dead female artists as pseudonyms and wearing gorilla masks whenever they appear in public." More....

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