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Dana Kane
Dana Kane, Kelly Girls 2, 1996, color print

1996

About

The Kelly Girls is a treasure trove of historical importance. First is the medium, color xerox printing. For anyone who worked in the alternative photography media, color xerox had a special aspect to it. The archival quality of the ink, and its thickness on the paper were very satisfying for artists. Dana Kane's Kelly Girls series is at once punk and playful. And, its a very well preserved archive of a moment in the late part of the 20th century when alternatives for artists enabled them to become self promoters, curators, and cultural producers. This series can either be purchased as individual prints, circa 1996, or as the entire set of components, from prints to patterns to envelopes. All hand made and assembled by the artist. Dana Kane, is a visual artist who works within the varied disciplines of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. Ms. Kane has shown her work at the Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Bard College and many galleries in the Tri-State Area. Ms. Kane received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of North Carolina, and her Master’s Degree in Sculpture and Multi-media from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Significant residencies include the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. The Kelly Girls (1996) was created to draw attention to the serious lack of representation for women artists in galleries and in museums across the country. These realizations were made all the more evident through the efforts of the Guerilla Girls in the ’80 and ‘90’s. The Guerilla Girls were creating an in your face campaign geared towards confronting museums and galleries. In their crazy Guerilla outfits, they pasted posters in strategic places that were always filled disturbing statistics about the discrimination women artist faced. The term Kelly Girls has a two-fold meaning: not only does it refer, albeit tongue and cheek, to the exquisite work of Ellsworth Kelly, but The Kelly Girls was also the name of a company in Manhattan that supplied temporary office workers to businesses, i.e., they were mostly women, and they were secretaries. The Kelly Girls Project is composed of several distinct parts: 1. Color Xeroxes of paper dolls modeling colorful abstract shapes of the sort that Ellsworth Kelly made famous. 2. Pattern envelopes that would have a particular skirt on the cover, with full instructions including a pattern for busy moms to make at home in their spare time. Note, I no longer have any of these life size patterns left, only a few of the envelopes. 3. And finally, a series of colorful abstract drawings/paintings of the patterns themselves. Ms. Kane has lived and maintained a studio in Brooklyn since 1982.

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  • Medium
    Color Print
  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 17 in. x W 11 in.

    H 43.18 cm x W 27.94 cm

  • Gallery location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference number
    LU17222576643

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