Monday, May 3, 2010

Art Controversy

I am a huge fan of murals, especially in Philadelphia. Philly is home to over 3,000 murals and is now known as the mural capital of the country. A lot of time and money goes into each project and they each tell a story. Just recently in NYC, a mural by Sofia Maldonado was put on view on 42nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Ave.

As you can see from the picture above, it makes a bold statement. Entitled "Women Fighting to Get Ahead", you probably wonder to yourself, "Um this is stereotyping Latinas and African-american women." Is it really though? Yes there are a lot of professional women in the world who we look up to but there are also other women who have to struggle to survive. Is this what Sofia was going for? Nope. According to a NY Daily news article, "This mural represented a specific group," she added, referring to women in pop culture who, she said, are rarely represented in the fine arts.
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