With wry humor and caustic irony, the anonymous, gorilla-masked collective Guerrilla Girls has spent decades exposing hypocrisies both in and out of the art world. Their posters such as The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist, which presents the “bright side” of being a woman artist in an art world dominated by men, arrest the viewer with bold lettering. This particular poster circulated in Artforum as an ad, agitated the art world from within a well-read journal. While the poster most directly confronts art world sexism, the message is broad enough to speak to sexism experienced in virtually any field.
Posted by Laura Hillegas
Guerrilla Girls (established 1985, United States). The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist, 1988. Brooklyn Museum © Guerrilla Girls