September 25, 2022

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Juxtapoz Magazine – Lady Pink @ MASS MOCA

Juxtapoz Magazine - Lady Pink @ MASS MOCA

In 1979, although she was however a substantial college college student, Girl Pink started writing graffiti and developing expansive murals on subway trains and industrial properties in New York Metropolis. Her operate frequently incorporates vivid renderings of female figures, outstanding colors, references to the subway cars and trucks on which she traveled and painted—and, generally, the letters “PINK.”

Girl Pink’s crew named her Pink mainly because she was 1 of the only graffiti writers on the scene at the time who was a woman—while she herself notes, “I titled myself Woman Pink since we were royalty.”[1] She reflects, “I was a feminist in advance of I even knew what the word was. … A whole lot of individuals feminine themes are in my do the job for the reason that early on I could see we have not arrived at equality.”[2] She sooner or later started the all-ladies graffiti crew, Women of the Arts.

During the late 1970s and the 1980s, the increasing graffiti subculture in New York was the concentrate on of enhanced law enforcement surveillance and security, building Girl Pink’s productive missions to tag really hard-to-entry web-sites even a lot more hard and outstanding. At the same time, graffiti artists’ renown grew in popular society and the art planet. In 1982, Lady Pink was featured in the film Wild Model, a fictionalized chronicle of the scene, also starring famed graffiti artists Fab 5 Freddy and Lee Quiñones. A yr previously, all a few artists have been element of the legendary New York/New Wave exhibition (MoMA P.S.1, New York) alongside artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sarah Charlesworth, Keith Haring, Maripol, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Girl Pink x Jenny Holzer
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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, both Girl Pink and Jenny Holzer infiltrated community spaces in New York with their respective artworks: Girl Pink developed massive-scale graffiti murals, though Holzer anonymously pasted posters and applied stickers bearing assumed-provoking texts. After conference circa 1982, the artists collaborated on a sequence of paintings combining text by Holzer and imagery by Woman Pink. They have reunited for a new task at MASS MoCA. A great deal as Holzer’s Truisms and Inflammatory Essays characterize a variety of views and philosophies, the photos in Lady Pink’s mural—from memento mori to people rendered in a type reminiscent of mid-century comedian books—reference a vary of artistic idioms and histories.