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The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art: Stella's Not Just an Ordinary Girl in an Ordinary World! (Chomps) [Library Binding]

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  • Library Binding: 95 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435206592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435206595
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,208,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taking you back through the ages, The Guerri lla Girls demonstrate how males have dominated the art scene and discouraged or obscured women''s involvement. Their scep tical and hilarious interpretaions are augmented by other fe minists. ' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Masked Feminist Avengers take on the history of art.
We’re an anonymous group of artists and art professionals formed in 1984 to expose racism, sexism and homophobia in the art world. We put provocative posters on the streets of New York and supporters copied and passed them all over. We became underground feminist heroes..... masked avengers like Robin Hood, The Lone Ranger and Wonder Woman. We staged protests, gave lectures and interviews, designed magazine spreads and finally wrote a memoir, Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls. It’s our account of 10 years of Guerrilla warfare with galleries, museums, art mags and auction houses. We discovered humor is a serious weapon against injustice and we became humorists and writers by default. Our numbers have grown, our identities remain secret. We have no hierarchy and work by consensus. Sure, we fight and whine a lot and then agree to disagree when we hit impasses. Each GG has projects she loves and ones she can’t stand. After Confessions, we got this grandiose idea to rewrite western art history, telling the stories of all the great women artists who got left out. The deeper we dug , the more fascinating material we found: women who had to join convents to get a life, who cross dressed to work in public, who had to go far from home to do as they pleased. Female artists have led incredible lives and nobody knows about them! We tell their stories as ammunition for all girls who have the itch to become artists. Every year we make dozens of appearances at colleges, universities and art schools to tell our story and incite activism. Our web site at guerrillagirls@voyagerco.com is where we reveal our adventures, show our latest actions, publish hate mail and hear from our friends and foes via (f)e-mail. While we love the mess of wallpaper glue and late-night sniping (slang for illegal postering), our web site takes us to places unimaginable when we started. Our dream is to launch an estrogen bomb into cyberspace and strike fear and terror in the hearts of misogynists and sexists everywhere. Join us! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside companion to the History of Western Art succeeds on several levels. First of all, it works on a visual level, with graphics that draw you in immediately. But after you are drawn in, one is equally impressed by the text, which is simultaneously informative and humorous. Between the David Letterman-like top 10 lists, the cartoons, and the collages, one is constantly entertained while simultaneously becoming outraged by outdated, demeaning quotes about women from well-known men. At the same time, one learns a lot about some female artists that have been ignored during our art history studies, and one sees a different perspective on some more famous female artists that were mentioned but treated with less admiration than they probably deserved.
All in all, this book succeeds as an extension of the Guerrilla Girls performance art, reaching out to those of us who couldn't go to a New York opening and see it crashed by these women in Gorilla masks. Hopefully soon, partially thanks to books like this, more people will wonder why most of the nudes in museums are women, while so few of the artists represented in these museums are of that same gender.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny and informative revision of traditional art history 21 Jan 1999
By TNBkrChik@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside companion to the History of Western Art succeeds on several levels. First of all, it works on a visual level, with graphics that draw you in immediately. But after you are drawn in, one is equally impressed by the text, which is simultaneously informative and humorous. Between the David Letterman-like top 10 lists, the cartoons, and the collages, one is constantly entertained while simultaneously becoming outraged by outdated, demeaning quotes about women from well-known men. At the same time, one learns a lot about some female artists that have been ignored during our art history studies, and one sees a different perspective on some more famous female artists that were mentioned but treated with less admiration than they probably deserved.
All in all, this book succeeds as an extension of the Guerrilla Girls performance art, reaching out to those of us who couldn't go to a New York opening and see it crashed by these women in Gorilla masks. Hopefully soon, partially thanks to books like this, more people will wonder why most of the nudes in museums are women, while so few of the artists represented in these museums are of that same gender.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far too short!! 1 April 2003
By Crystal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book takes you, with biting wit and humor, beyond the works of "accepted" masters (all of whom I deeply admire, by the way), showing you that for every renaissance man, there was an Artemisia Gentileschi. That among the plethora of still lifes from the 17th and 18th centuries, you that you would do well to study those of Rachel Rueysch, who captures every petal and leaf with intoxicating detail and color. They were able, even with my deep-seated resistance to "modern art", to instill in me a deep appreciation for works of impressionists, modernists, post-modernists and abstract artists.
In short, an ideal starting point for those looking to delve into art history, yet still ideal for those academics with short attentions spans. I only wish it were longer!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absolute fun read for lovers of art history! 26 April 2005
By J. Crase - Published on Amazon.com
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An absolute fun read for lovers of art history! This book gives a brief history of women in art, challenges they faced (and still face today), and the roles of women from classical times through the present time.

Just who are the Guerrilla Girls'? They are a group of artists and arts professionals, who in the 1980's, decided to fight discrimination in the art world and become the self-proclaimed "conscience of the art world."

"We wore gorilla masks to keep the focus on the issues rather than our personalities."

The Guerrilla Girls' begin with the images of women from the Classical Era, where reliefs of Amazons decorated buildings, but an ancient Greek or Roman "women could not vote or engage in transactions worth more than a grain of barley."

Travel through the Middle Ages where Hildegard von Bingen decorated beautiful texts and Christine de Pizan made her living as a writer (the first woman known to have done so!)

The journey continues through the Renaissance with Lavinia Fontana, Sonfonisba Anguissola, and Artemisia Gentileschi, through the 17th and 18th centuries with Judith Leyster and Angelica Kauffman; all on the way to the 20th century and Frida Kahlo, Lee Krasner, and Eva Hesse.

What makes this book so much more interesting than the other books coming out on women artists, is the humor the Guerrilla Girls' use to get the point across and the graphic nature of the book itself. Each page is filled with examples of artwork and fun graphics.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They make art history interesting! 28 Jun 2002
By mp541 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I saw the Guerilla Girls two years ago at Barnes and Noble in New York's Greenwich Village. They were book signing 'Beside Companinon to the History of Western Art' and I must say I was impressed by their knowledge and intellect. They also made me laugh, which is refreshing, because art history is taking TOO seriously by the academy.
Anyone who loves art but could care less about the history should pick up this book. It does not bore you to tears with academic jargon, it is filled with illustrations and spunky commentary on a very large subject: Western art. The Guerilla Girls are smart enough to stay with certain topics and themes. Western art is too huge to cover it in one sitting, the girls go right to the good stuff. Well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful resource! 10 Aug 2008
By Mary Katherine Bush - Published on Amazon.com
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I was at my university bookstore picking up my two art history courses' textbooks and I saw this book and my heart jumped! A year ago in my first 2-d design course my professor had told us all about the Guerilla Girls and I had just finished taking a sociology course that made me feel more inclined to female equality. Between my Sociology Now! textbook and reading this Guerilla Girls book, I feel more strongly and proud about my gender more than anything else and have analyzed so many situations in correlation to the subject.

This book is a terrific resource for learning more about women's place in art throughout centuries. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't do more about statistics or criticism about how we are still underplayed in society, such as the famous 'MoMA Has 5%...' ad that I've seen just about everywhere. What about how we were perceived a hundred years ago? They speak about women's rights, what they can and could not do, comparatively to men and, though interesting, it's still not what I expected.

Thus, this book is terrific as a reference or introduction to the history of female artists, one that you should have in your collection just because we are often (still) overlooked in the art world.
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