(1926 - 2009)
Nancy Spero was active/lived in New York, Ohio. Nancy Spero is known for female symbolism, modernist caligraphy, collage.
Biography from the Archives of askART
A non-traditional, revolutionary artist, Nancy Spero focuses her art
work on challenging questions about women as artists and women as
women. This subject seemed especially poignant in her paintings
in a December 2005 gallery exhibition, Cri du Coeur, in
Chelsea, because it closely followed the death of her long-time
husband, Leon Golub. The exhibition showcased her
"ability to combine hand-painted color with silk-screened images. . .
.The color starts out light and shifts to increasingly toxic tones of
red, brown, blue and black, shadowing, overtaking and obliterating the
figures while also evoking earth, blood, smoke and sorrow." (Smith)
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trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and began in the 1960s as a
figurative abstract artist with a political bent. She worked on
paper rather than canvas as a symbol of rebelling against the
prescribed methods of the art world and addressed unpleasant themes
such as the atom bomb and wars. She also did collage figures on
rice paper that symbolized women's liberation from traditional language
into communication that seemed more pertinent.
In the 1970s,
Spero began using only female images in her work and juxtaposed text
with fragmented bodies of women and addressed issues of women's control
over their own bodies. She posed dichotomies of women who were
perfectly safe within domestic bonds and those who were thrown into the
world to fend for themselves.
Rebecca Smith, 'Art in Review-Nancy Spero', The New York Times, 11/ 25, 2005, B38
Art in America
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