July 14, 2024


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Juxtapoz Magazine – Lady Pink @ MASS MOCA

Juxtapoz Magazine – Lady Pink @ MASS MOCA

In 1979, although she was still a higher school college student, Lady Pink started creating graffiti and developing expansive murals on subway trains and industrial structures in New York City. Her do the job usually incorporates vivid renderings of feminine figures, fantastic colours, references to the subway cars and trucks on which she traveled and painted—and, often, the letters “PINK.”

Lady Pink’s crew named her Pink because she was a single of the only graffiti writers on the scene at the time who was a woman—while she herself notes, “I titled myself Woman Pink simply because we had been royalty.”[1] She demonstrates, “I was a feminist just before I even knew what the word was. … A ton of individuals female themes are in my do the job for the reason that early on I could see we haven’t achieved equality.”[2] She eventually established the all-gals graffiti crew, Girls of the Arts.

During the late 1970s and the 1980s, the developing graffiti subculture in New York was the focus on of improved law enforcement surveillance and security, making Girl Pink’s successful missions to tag difficult-to-access websites even much more complicated and impressive. At the exact time, graffiti artists’ renown grew within just well-liked society and the art planet. In 1982, Girl Pink was showcased in the film Wild Type, a fictionalized chronicle of the scene, also starring famed graffiti artists Fab 5 Freddy and Lee Quiñones. A 12 months previously, all 3 artists have been component of the legendary New York/New Wave exhibition (MoMA P.S.1, New York) together with artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sarah Charlesworth, Keith Haring, Maripol, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Woman Pink x Jenny Holzer
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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, each Lady Pink and Jenny Holzer infiltrated community spaces in New York with their respective artworks: Girl Pink created large-scale graffiti murals, although Holzer anonymously pasted posters and utilized stickers bearing imagined-provoking texts. Just after conference circa 1982, the artists collaborated on a series of paintings combining textual content by Holzer and imagery by Girl Pink. They have reunited for a new task at MASS MoCA. A lot as Holzer’s Truisms and Inflammatory Essays characterize a selection of perspectives and philosophies, the images in Woman Pink’s mural—from memento mori to people rendered in a style reminiscent of mid-century comedian books—reference a range of artistic idioms and histories.