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ART EPHEMERA 1960s – 1990s

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Guerrilla Girls: Feminist Street Posters, 1985-1991

By Marc H. Miller


When the Guerrilla Girls began wheatpasting their first posters on walls in Soho and Tribeca in 1985 they introduced a provocative new type of politicized street art that had an almost immediate effect.  Rooted in an era when women were increasingly conscious of widespread inequalities in America, the Guerrilla Girls spotlighted the specific plight of women in the arts.   As one early poster proclaimed,  ”Women in America earn only 2/3 of what men do.  Women artists earn only 1/3 of what men artists do.”   Over the next years, the Guerrilla Girls’ ongoing poster campaign called out art world powers by publicizing more shockingly lopsided statistics often with sarcastic humor.  The posters did not end the disparity that women artists faced, but the point was driven home and the ratios soon improved.

Although they were created by an anonymous group primarily for political purposes, a strong case can be made for classifying the posters as fine art.  Not only were all the Guerrilla Girls artists by profession, their posters were made at a time when many artists wanted to do work that effected social change, and when posters and ephemera became the key objects that documented the new temporal genres of performance and street art.   Comparable to the street art posters of Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, and the artist collaborative Group Material, the Guerrilla Girls posters are clever, well designed, and reflect art world trends and concerns.   When they occasionally stage public events wearing their signature gorilla masks, the Guerrilla Girls’ creative originality extends beyond posters to a form of politicized performance art.

Who are the Guerrilla Girls?  The members of the group have always insisted on anonymity both as a shield in their battle with the art establishment and as a way to emphasize that their work is collaborative and not about individuals.  To begin with there were seven members in the group but over time more than one hundred artists have participated.  The 1990 poster Guerrilla Girls’ Identities Exposed! teasingly embeds their names in a much longer list of over 500 art world participants who have supported their actions.  It has now been over 25 years since the first Guerrilla Girls posters hit the streets and there may soon be a breach in the group’s anonymity since the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has purchased their archives and opened them to researchers.  Stay tuned.  There may be surprises.

The Guerrilla Girls originally printed their posters in small lots of less than 500 with many destroyed when posted.   In the few instances when Guerrilla Girl posters were reprinted in later years there are obvious changes in either the design or paper.  Gallery 98 offers here a rare selection of original posters that were never posted on the streets and are in pristine condition.


Exhibition Items

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Guerrilla Girls poster 'what do these artists have in common'

Guerrilla Girls, Showing in Galleries That Discriminate Against Women Artists, Poster, 1985

Guerrilla Girls poster 'these galleries show no more than 10 percent of female artists'

These Galleries Show No More Than 10% Women Artists, 1985

Guerrilla girls museum one woman shows poster

Guerrilla Girls, How Many Women Had One-Person Exhibitions At NYC Museums, Poster, 1985


Women Artists Earn Only 1/3 Of What Men Artists Do, 1985

Guerrilla Girls poster for John Russell

John Russell Thinks Things Are Getting Better For Women Artists, 1985

Which Art Mag Was Worst For Women? poster bu the Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls, Worst Art Mags for Women, Poster, 1986

Only 4 Commercial Galleries poster by the Guerrilla Girls

1986, Guerrilla Girls, Only 4 Galleries Show Black Women, Poster

Guerrilla Girls Passing the Buck poster

Hidden Agender & Passing the Bucks, 1986

Guerrilla Girls report card poster

1986, Guerrilla Girls’ Report Card, Poster

Dearest Art Collector poster by the Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls, Dearest Art Collector, It Has Come To Our Attention…, Poster, 1986

Guerrilla Girls hit list poster

1986, Guerrilla Girls Hits List of Galleries and Critics

Guerrilla Girls Under Surveillance poster

1986, Curators Under Surveillance this Year

Guerrilla Girls We Sell White Bread poster

1987, We Sell White Bread

Guerrilla Girls poster 'whats fashionable prestigious and tax deductible?"

1987, What’s Fashionable. Prestigious and Tax-Deductible

1987, Guerrilla Girls Review the Whitney, The Clocktower, Poster

At Lst! poster by Guerrilla Girls

1988, Museums Will No Longer Discriminate

Guerrilla Girls poster for Senator Helms

Relax Senator Helms The Art World Is Your Kind of Place, 1989

Guerrilla Girls NEA cuts poster

Guerrilla Girls Urge Drastic N.E.A. Cuts!, 1989


1989, Guerrilla Girls, Do Women Have to be Naked To Get Into The Met. Museum, Poster

Guerrilla Girls hypocrite poster

Guerrilla Girls’ Definition of a Hypocrite, 1990


Guerrilla Girls’ Identities Exposed!, 1990

Guerrilla Girls George Bush poster

1991, George Bush, “The Education President”

Guerrilla Girls poster female officer

Guerrilla Girls, Risking Her Life For Governments that Enslave Women, Poster, 1991

Guerrilla Girls, "What Do These Men Have in Common?" Offset print

1995, Guerrilla Girls, Carl Andre & OJ Simpson, “What Do These Men Have in Common?” Offset print