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Activism issue of On The Issues Magazine; Fall 2011
Speaking out, raising banners, uploading ideas - new & old activists are stepping up. On The Issues Magazine Fall 2011 explores progressive & feminist inspiration.
   

Guerrilla Girls

The Art Perspective provides a visual and audio forum for artists to exhibit their art and present exciting responses to major themes of our day.

This edition, Activism, highlights the work of The Guerrilla Girls, who have combined their talents for art and activism, adding humor and in-your-face gutsiness, to counter the sexism in today's art world.

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The Guerrilla Girls is a group of artists – not always the same -- who work together. They are feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman, but their "cover" is the mask of a gorilla -- itself a play on the word "guerrilla" as a radical, underground fighter and street theater performance style. Each participant takes the name of a dead artist.

Using original research, humor and outrageous visuals, The Guerrilla Girls expose discrimination and corruption in art, film, politics and pop culture. They disrupt mainstream thinking by using images and text to reveal the unfairness behind pleasantry and institutional facades.

From their first activities in 1985 to today, The Guerrilla Girls have stepped out in many creative ways. They've unveiled billboards criticizing the film industry in Hollywood just in time for the Oscars, mocked the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the small number of women artists that it displays ("Do women have to be naked to get in the Met?") at its own Feminist Futures Symposium and a popular graphic, shown in the slides here. The Guerrilla Girls have also created large scale projects for the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as in Istanbul, Mexico City, Athens, Rotterdam, Bilbao, Ireland, Sarajevo, Shanghai and Montreal.

Stickers, posters, street projects – all fall within The Guerrilla Girls' repertoire. They have also authored several books, including The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art in 1998, Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls' Guide to Female Stereotypes in 2003, and The Guerrilla Girls' Art Museum Activity Book in 2004, including hot tips like "How to Write A Feminist Wall Label."

Tireless supporters and fans pass around the work of The Guerrilla Girls, and they travel the world doing performances and workshops, encouraging thousands of people to invent their own creative activism, too.


Linda Stein is Art Editor of On the Issues Magazine. Her art is on tour in a three-year traveling solo exhibition called The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein. Recently, her 7-ft bronze sculpture has been sited at Portland State University in Oregon, and she is currently displaying an installation of five eight-feet windows in Downtown Crossing, Boston. Her focus on gender justice is also expressed through her non-profit organizaion Have Art:Will Travel! Inc, her website and YouTube videos.

Also visit our catalog of Art Perspectives featuring:

Ursula O’Farrell is a California-based artist whose oil paintings explore themes of womanhood. Her work offers expressions of the feminine in large-scale paintings known for their bold colors, gestural strokes, thick textures and highly-charged emotional content.

The Guerrilla Girls is a group of artists – not always the same -- who work together. They are feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman, but their "cover" is the mask of a gorilla -- itself a play on the word "guerrilla" as a radical, underground fighter and street theater performance style. Each participant takes the name of a dead artist.

For years, Frances Jetter has made linocuts with political subject matter, focusing on disarmament, labor rights and human rights, about which she is passionate. Weapons seem especially horrific and intriguing to her. The artist believes that no armor can make people safe, and the fragility and mortality of human beings is at the center or her work.

Mary Miss, who has founded the City as Living Lab, which provides a framework for making issues of social and environmental sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.

Judy Chicago (born 1939) is a feminist artist, educator and author whose career spans almost half a century. She is known as one of the founders of the Feminist Art Movement, creating in the early 1970s the pioneering Feminist Art Program at Fresno State College (now California State University), which became a vehicle for intellectual stimulation and social change, influencing generations of women.

The art of Regina Frank incorporates textiles, computers, the Internet, solar and LED technology to investigate fields of tension, such as those between the rich and poor, virtual and real, analog and digital, masculine and feminine.

Michelle Stuart seeks to educate with her art. She is in search of a visual language to express nature’s more elusive aspects, along with the fragility of existence. Over her 50-year career, Stuart has drawn upon aspects from the natural world -- cycles, forms, colors -- while studying myriad cultures and histories. View our mini-retrospective in the Spring 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

In keeping with the topic of Passion, Freedom & Women, Miriam Schapiro is a groundbreaking artist who, in her 60-year career, stepped out of the mold to fight for women’s artistic freedom and the democratization of art in the Winter 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Faith Ringgold’s illustrated story, How the People Became Color Blind, with Ringgold herself reading the text that accompanies the drawings in the Fall 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Tammy Rae Carland: An artist tests identity by performing her father and mother in the Summer 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Judith K. Brodsky addresses discrimination against women in male arenas in the Spring 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

New York artist Joyce Kozloff, an originating figure of the Pattern and Decorative movement, in the Winter 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Martha Rosler, known for placing unsettling images in familiar places, in the Fall 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Suzanne Lacy's 1974 Project on Prostitution in the Summer 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Linda Stein’s sculpture envisions empowerment for women with HIV-AIDS in the May 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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