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Top Ten Ways to Tell if You're an Art World Token, 1995

Graphic work (editions), 43.3 x 56 cm

The Top Ten Ways to Tell If You're an Art World Token poster is part of the Guerrilla Girls Talk Back portfolio, one of two portfolios with this title. The first, Guerrilla Girls Talk Back: The First Five Years, 1985–1990, brings together the group’s earliest works: the posters that were plastered over the street walls of lower Manhattan. Their later posters were published under the title Guerrilla Girls Talk Back: Portfolio 2. The work in the MACBA Collection is part of this second portfolio.

With their usual forcefulness and humour, the Guerrilla Girls illustrate their ‘ten ways of knowing if you’re an art world token’ with ten statements printed over a background depicting something uniquely emblematic of New York: the subway tokens used in the city between 1953 and 2003, which carried the phrase ‘Good for One Fare’. Among the ten messages, the Guerrilla Girls remind us that: at art world openings and parties, the only other people of colour are serving the drinks; everyone knows your race, gender and sexual preference, even when they don’t know your work; a museum that won’t show your work gives you a prominent place in its lecture series.


Technical details

Original title:
Top Ten Ways to Tell if You're an Art World Token
Registration number:
1956
Artist:
Guerrilla Girls (Grup d'artistes)
Date created:
1995
Date acquired:
2002
Status:
On display
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Graphic work (editions)
Media:
Printed ink on paper
Dimensions:
43.3 x 56 cm (height x width)
Room:
Meier Building, Level 1, Room 9
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Copyright:
© Guerrilla Girls
It has accessibility resources:
No

The MACBA Collection features Catalan, Spanish and international art and, although it includes works from the 1920s onwards, its primary focus is on the period between the 1960s and the present.

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I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life
Jean-Michel Basquiat