Ilona Granet

Born in 1948
Lives and works in New York

InquiryIlona Granet

Ilona Granet is a contemporary American artist. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her expertise in sign-painting from the marinas of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Granet was primarily a performance artist, staging pieces on sexual assault, gentrification, and war, while also a member of the all-girl conceptual punk performance group DISBAND and her own group Con-Iced.

In the 1980s, Granet began to incorporate her skills as a sign painter into her artistic practice. Her projects include Emily Post Street Signs, which were installed around Lower Manhattan with the permission and assistance of the Department of Transportation and call attention to the street harassment of women; Sexual Harassment in the Workplace signs for ABC-TV’s offices; Get Help! signs intended to help victims of domestic violence locate safe houses; Paradise Park: Plans for Safe Parks for Women and Girls signs; and a series of signs of nuclear war and nuclear disasters. She then changed mediums to create a series of ceramic neoclassical urns incorporating contemporary iconography about world events.

Her works are parts of the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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