Guerrilla Girls take aim at ‘cartels of collectors’
Feminist art activists plan “anti-billionaire” campaign to highlight discrimination, which kicks off in Minneapolis
by Rachel Corbett | 18 November 2015
(via The Artnewspaper)
Billionaires are the target of a new campaign by the feminist activist group Guerrilla Girls. “Cartels of collectors get behind the work of a few sel ected artists; galleries are paying for exhibitions of their artists at museums; and art fairs are showing the same bankable work over and over,” they told us in an email statement.
The anonymous group turned 30 this year, and is still raising hell in its fight against art-world discrimination. It plans to “take over” Minneapolis-St Paul next year with an “anti-billionaire” campaign. The group says we should expect more “stealth projections” like the one displayed on the side of the Whitney Museum of American Art in May that read: “Dear art collector: art is sooo expensive, even for billionaires! We totally get why you can’t pay all your employees a living wage #poorlittlebillionaires.”
The campaign is part of the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, which includes a week-long festival, from 29 February to 6 March 2016, bringing together more than 20 local institutions. These include the city’s Walker Art Center, which will display protest posters created by the Guerrilla Girls between 1985 and 2012. (The museum bought a portfolio of 88 posters earlier this year.)