Nancy Spero, ‘Ritual’, 1992, Print, Ink and handprinting on paper, MCA Chicago Benefit Auction
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Nancy Spero

Ritual, 1992

Ink and handprinting on paper
19 × 24 in
48.3 × 61 cm
.
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MCA Chicago Benefit Auction

In a groundbreaking career encompassing many significant visual and cultural movements including …

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Photo: © The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts, Licensed by VAGA at Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY
Nancy Spero
American, 1926–2009
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A leading figure in the feminist art movement of the 1960s, Nancy Spero explored female sexuality, suffering, and heroism, as well as the horrors of war, in gouache and ink works on paper. Spero drew from ancient mythologies and iconographies to produce her burlesque cast of pagan goddesses, Celtic fertility figures, and Amazon warriors, which she pulled from books on ancient art before manipulating and incorporating them into her own drawings and collages. Her well-known 1966–70 “War” series, produced during the Vietnam years, explored the atrocities of war, a subject Spero revisited in her later career with frieze-like drawings installed around the walls of galleries, depicting masses of screaming figures and helicopters overhead dropping human-shaped bombs. Her work Cri de Coeur (2005) portrays mourning women from ancient Egypt. “I am thinking about the women’s condition, showing victimage or celebratory sexuality in an exaggerated way,” she once said. Spero was married to the late artist Leon Golub, and was a founding member of the feminist A.I.R. gallery, started in 1972.

Nancy Spero, ‘Ritual’, 1992, Print, Ink and handprinting on paper, MCA Chicago Benefit Auction
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In a groundbreaking career encompassing many significant visual and cultural movements including conceptual art, postmodernism, and feminism, Nancy Spero (American, 1926–2009) made the female experience central to her art and challenged aesthetic and political conventions. With raw intensity, Spero executed works on …

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Photo: © The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts, Licensed by VAGA at Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY
Nancy Spero
American, 1926–2009
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A leading figure in the feminist art movement of the 1960s, Nancy Spero explored female sexuality, suffering, and heroism, as well as the horrors of war, in gouache and ink works on paper. Spero drew from ancient mythologies and iconographies to produce her burlesque cast of pagan goddesses, Celtic fertility figures, and Amazon warriors, which she pulled from books on ancient art before manipulating and incorporating them into her own drawings and collages. Her well-known 1966–70 “War” series, produced during the Vietnam years, explored the atrocities of war, a subject Spero revisited in her later career with frieze-like drawings installed around the walls of galleries, depicting masses of screaming figures and helicopters overhead dropping human-shaped bombs. Her work Cri de Coeur (2005) portrays mourning women from ancient Egypt. “I am thinking about the women’s condition, showing victimage or celebratory sexuality in an exaggerated way,” she once said. Spero was married to the late artist Leon Golub, and was a founding member of the feminist A.I.R. gallery, started in 1972.

Nancy Spero

Ritual, 1992

Ink and handprinting on paper
19 × 24 in
48.3 × 61 cm
.
Bidding closed
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