Monday, June 19, 2006

Guerrilla Girls

"Since the mid-80s, the Guerrilla Girls have sought to expose gender and race discrimination. Adopting the names of dead women artists, their work is both provocative and humorous, uncovering shocking facts about discrimination in society and the art establishment. "

The Guerrilla Girls recently participated in an Amnesty International exhibition of contemporary art, part of its global Stop Violence Against Women campaign. See their contributions here.

Years ago, when I worked in a bookstore, I was lucky enough to meet Gloria Steinem when she was on tour promoting her new book "Revolution From Within." I ended up chatting with her briefly about the Guerrilla Girls, which was very cool.

Update July 3 2006: Zoe Williams of the Guardian reports back from her recent interview with the Guerrilla Girls, who were in London this week to give a series of lectures and to see the room at the Tate Modern dedicated to a show of their posters.

$135 Million Klimt

"A dazzling gold-flecked 1907 portrait by Gustav Klimt has been purchased for the Neue Galerie in Manhattan by the cosmetics magnate Ronald S. Lauder for $135 million, the highest sum ever paid for a painting." Read the rest of Carol Vogel's article in the New York Times here.
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