Juarez Women

Art World News, Painting

Initially I was a little skeptical of an Irish man making art about murdered Mexican women. However, his work and his statements are a thoughtful and respectful tribute and I am glad this important crisis is getting the attention it deserves. The portraits themselves are beautiful, powerful and tragic. It’s important work by Brian McGuire and definitely deserves a look.

“The killing campaign in Mexico has taken the lives of more than 1,400 young women since 1994, mainly factory girls working in maquiladoras,sweatshops of sorts, who were abducted around town. Maguire spent time with the victim’s mothers, discussing their daughter’s lives and premature deaths, before beginning to paint two portraits of each victim: one representing the young girl during her life and another, after death. Though his works are intuitively somber in subject matter and style, they convey a subtle hopefulness in the boldness of strokes and in the unexpected pops of color.”

 

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The title of this seres is The Absence of Justice Demands This Act and it’s showing at Fergus McCaffrey in New York through the end of the month. Check out this article and the gallery website, if you’d like.

Guerrilla Girls use the F-word Feminism

Adventures, Art World News, Artist Obsession

As both an art enthusiast and feminist, I have mad respect for the radical art activists who call themselves the Guerrilla Girls. They wear furry gorilla masks and call out the art industry on its bullshit in a way that demands attention. There are some serious issues of discrimination and marginalization in the art world, one of which being the lack of representation in major modern art museums. I guess the only job more frustrating than being an artist is being a female artist of color.

The group was formed in the mid eighties and has been speaking out against this and similar issues ever since. The Pomona College Museum of Art currently opened an exhibition featuring the Guerrilla Girls’ posters and performances. And last week two of the Guerrilla Girls came to speak on campus. It was awesome to hear them talk about their cause and about how art can be used as a tool for social change.

They way that these women have fought back against an unjust system through art and graphic design is really cool. It was a really empowering show and lecture and I am thrilled that I was invited to attend.