The Complicated Legacy of Barbie in Art #ArtTuesday
Barbie, Barbie, Barbie. The world is abuzz. Beyond just “a toy for girls,” Barbie has been a cultural symbol for over 60 years. Over the decades artists have used the doll to evoke, critique and question society at large. Hyperallergic goes through some of the history of Barbie and art:
Hollywood’s treatment of its workers is contrasted by the optimistic — and very pink — cultural moment surrounding Mattel’s new film, largely spurred by the movie’s extensive marketing campaign: Excited fans are throwing Barbie-themed parties and the Internet is flooded with memes. But long before Gerwig took on Barbie, visual artists were incorporating, critiquing, and reimagining the doll to question gender roles, body expectations, and double standards surrounding female sexuality.
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