Guerrilla Girls is an organization committed to building a larger recognition of the lack of art shown by women and people of color in museums throughout the world. They also discuss discrimination in film, politics, pop culture and other issue they feel like dabbing into.
These women dedicate their time creating posters and writing books that display the flaws and inequality in the world of art. They hold workshops in states all across the country and in several parts of the world and wear gorilla masks to keep their identities a secret.
Here is a part of an interview with the Guerrilla Girls on their webpage.
Q. But, isn’t judging art an issue of quality? If women and artists of color were really good, wouldn’t they make it on their own?
“The world of High Art, the kind that gets into museums and history books, is run by a very small group of people. Our posters have proved over and over again that these people, no matter how smart or good-intentioned, have been biased against women and artists of color,” said Lee Krasner.
“Success in art is a matter of luck and timing as well as being good or having talent. Why do white men seem to have all the luck? It’s not just a happy accident. Thus far, and throughout history, the system has been set up to support and promote the work of white male artists. That is their luck. In the old days of Western culture, it was patronage and the atelier system. It’s not that different now, though patronage doesn’t come in the form of royal courts and the Roman Catholic Church, but in the form of gallery owners, collectors, critics and museums who back certain artists. Once enough money has been invested in a certain artist, everyone mobilizes to keep that artist’s name out front and consequently in history. The artists who make it in this way begin to define quality,” said Romaine Brooks.
““Quality” has always been used to keep women and artists of color out,” said Alma Thomas.
“To make up for what’s happened so far in art history, every show should be 99% women and artists of color, but only for the next 400 years,” said Georgia O’Keeffe.