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The Baddest Girls In Art History
Guns, nudity and protest
Uncategorized 05 Jul 2019

Throughout history, women artists have been known for shining a light on feminist issues, provoking the status quo of what it means to be an artist and how women should be portrayed in art. While ladies have historically been expected to sit quietly in the corner looking pretty, there have been some serious women during the last century who have destroyed paintings, protested in front of nude works of art and even shot at Andy Warhol. We’ve got a round-up of some of the fiercest women of art history.
 
Valerie Solanas

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Il 3 giugno 1968 una #femminista radicale nonché artista frequentatrice della "Factory", #ValerieSolanas, sparò a #Warhol e al suo compagno di allora, #MarioAmaya. • Solanas arrivò al Greenwich Village nel 1966, dove scrisse il dramma teatrale #UpYourAss, la storia di una prostituta e di un vagabondo. Nel 1967 incontrò Andy Warhol fuori dal suo studio, la #Factory, e gli chiese di produrre il suo dramma. Intrigato dal titolo, lui accettò lo scritto promettendo di visionarlo. La vicenda determinò l’inizio di comportamenti ossessivi di Valerie Solanas nei confronti di Warhol. • Il 3 giugno del 1967 Solanas sparò tre colpi di pistola a Warhol, colpendo anche Mario Amaya; tentò di sparare al manager di Warhol, Fred Hughes, ma la sua pistola si inceppò. Fuggì subito dopo. Amaya riportò solo ferite lievi e fu dimesso dall'ospedale il giorno stesso. Andy Warhol invece fu ferito gravemente, e sopravvisse a malapena; i chirurghi dovettero aprirgli il petto e praticargli diversi massaggi cardiaci per riattivargli il cuore. Quella sera Solanas si costituì alla polizia e fu arrestata per tentato omicidio. La Solanas giustificò il fatto e si difese dalle accuse con l'ufficiale di polizia asserendo che Warhol aveva "troppo controllo" su di lei e che stava progettando di rubarle il lavoro. Giudicata #colpevole, ricevette una #sentenza che la condannava a tre anni. Warhol rifiutò di testimoniare contro di lei. L'attacco della Solanas ebbe un impatto profondo su Warhol e sulla sua #arte, e l'ambiente della Factory divenne molto più controllato ed "ermetico". Per il resto della sua vita, Warhol visse temendo che la Solanas l'attaccasse di nuovo. "Era la sagoma di Andy, non l'Andy che si potesse amare", disse l'amico e collaboratore Billy Name. "Lui fu tanto scosso da quell'evento che non gli si poteva mettere la mano sulla sua spalla senza che lui saltasse". • • #andywarholart #history #accaddeoggi #storiacontemporanea #onthisdayinhistory #onthisday #art #warhols #news #storiadellarte #1967 #femminismo #lifestyle #3giugno

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Writer Valeria Solanas first met Andy Warhol in the 1960s, where they collaborated together on a play that she wrote – Up Your Ass – which she believed he either lost or stole. Several years later, she was offered a contract to publish her work, but she felt that the press owner – Maurice Girodias – was conspiring with Warhol to steal her work. Her response was to go and shoot Warhol three times. Not only did Solanas aim the gun at Warhol, but also at art critic Mario Amaya and Warhol’s manager Fred Hughes. None of the men died but Solanas was sentenced to a three-year jail sentence for reckless assault with attempt to harm.
 
Rindy Sam


In 2007 Rindy Sam was ordered to do 100 hours of community service after she kissed a painting by Cy Twombly. During the trial, Sam claimed that she had committed an act of love, explaining that the artist would have understood why she left a red stain in the shape of her lips on top of his work. The painting’s owner Yvon Lambert asked to receive $2.9 million in damages to cover the value of the painting and its restoration cost, but in the end she only had to cough up a little over $2,000. Nevertheless, this act of love was an expensive one, but Sam did succeed – quite literally – in making a mark on Twombly’s work.
 
Deborah de Robertis

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Merci à Didier Epsztajn pour ses quelques mots sur mon texte dans le cadre du livre collectif « cours petite fille » dirigé par Samuel Delphine Pamela aux Éditions des femmes-Antoinette Fouque: "J’ai été particulièrement intéressé par l’article de Deborah de Robertis, « #metoo, l’émancipation par le regard », la nudité féminine, le « corps qui regarde » (Geneviève Fraisse), le travail sur le regard, son œuvre Miroir de l’origine, l’émancipation de la nudité, « Par l’ouverture de mon sexe, je révèle alors ce vide, cet angle mort, ce point de vue inexistant dans l’histoire de l’art », la nudité féminine comme objet du regard des hommes sur le corps des femmes, le désir et la jouissance, la tension entre la nudité féminine et la question du regard, la subversion des regards, ce n’est pas la nudité féminine qui offense, « c’est l’émancipation, la liberté d’expression de la nudité », la qualification exhibition sexuelle et la censure, les lieux où l’autrice peut imposer son corps de femme…." L’Article en entier ici: https://entreleslignesentrelesmots.blog/2019/03/04/notre-colere-nest-pas-un-detail-de-lhistoire-quon-peut-passer-sous-le-tapis/ #miroirdelorigine #loriginedumonde #courspetitefille @clitrevolution

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In 2014 Deborah de Robertis recreated Gustave Courbet’s controversial 1886 painting L’Origine du monde in situ at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Courbet’s painting focuses in on an unidentifiable woman’s vagina. De Robertis paid homage by exposing her own vagina for all the museum’s visitors to see.
 
Mona Lisa


Mona Lisa hasn’t done anything really scandalous that we can think of, besides keeping Leonardo waiting before she finally smiled. However, she has provoked a number of bad gals to get their angst out at her in the past. Whilst on display at the Tokyo National Museum in 1974, a handicapped woman spray-painted her in an act of protest at the museum’s lack of access for disabled people. Meanwhile, at the Louvre in 2009, a Russian woman who was upset about having been denied French citizenship threw a mug at the painting – one that she bought at the museum’s gift shop.
 
Anna Delvey

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This is the perfect story for our time, and it involves Russia and fraud. Posing as the heiress daughter of a German billionaire, this penniless 28 year old Russian immigrant changed her name to Anna Delvey, befriended a circle of wealthy young New York City socialites and swindled them out of $275,000 over 4 years. She lived in luxury Manhattan hotels the entire time and even got a bank loan for $100,000 with fake USB bank statements. Her defense? According to her lawyer, she was exploited by a system in which people are 'easily seduced by glamour and glitz' after she saw how the appearance of wealth opened doors. Perfect! … . . #annadelvey #scam #kardashian #bling #blingbling #luxurylifestyle #luxury #lux #luxe #luxurylife #consolation #tohaveortobe #money #rich #richkidsofinstagram #wealth #wealthy #goodlife #jetsetter #fraud #posh #poshlife

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Most of you would have heard about New York’s “fake heiress” Anna Delvey – real name Sorokin, but did you know she had plans to start her own arts centre and had even eyed up Christo for its inauguration? Despite her grand ambitions, Delvey is a fraud. She tricked the city into thinking she had billions, hiring private jets and staying in luxury hotels (all on her credit cards). Once these cards started getting declined she was found guilty of multiple offences including stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and is likely to spend at least a decade in prison.
 
Mary Richardson


During the early 20th century a group of women in Britain campaigned for votes for women. In 1914, suffragette Mary Richardson attacked Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus at the National Gallery in London, provoked by the arrest of fellow suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst the day before. She really went for it, leaving seven slashes on the painting. She proclaimed that she attempted to destroy the image of the most beautiful women in mythological history in protest of the government destroying the most beautiful character in modern history (Emmeline Pankhurst). Several years later in 1952 she also exclaimed that she did not like the way that men gaped at it all day.
 
Sarah Goodridge


Sending a nude to your crush these days isn’t so scandalous, but imagine sending one in 1828. Well, that’s exactly what Sarah Goodridge did. The ivory miniature – which is a close up of the artist’s bare breasts – was given to her lover Daniel Webster following the death of his wife in what many call an attempt to prompt him to marry her. Unfortunately, Goodridge’s act was in vain as Webster went on to marry someone else.
 
Guerrilla Girls

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A little rest for the wicked. #guerrillagirls

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How could we compile a list about art world bad girls without including the Guerrilla Girls? The answer is, we couldn’t. Formed in 1985, the anonymous group of female activists has been shaking up the art world for decades as they protest racism and sexism. In order to remain anonymous, the group use pseudonyms and wear gorilla mask, which also ensures that people focus on the issues they are trying to confront and not on their individual personalities.
 
Words by Lizzy Vartanian
Images via @loradariamagazine, @anartist97, @deborah.de.robertis, @parisfranceofficial, @reimaginingpolitics, @nassimgoli, @jenniferhiggie, @guerrillagirls

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