• La Folie I & II, 2001, Handprinting and printed collage on paper, 53.2 x 23.5 x 1.8 in (135.1 x 59.7 x 4.6 cm)

    Nancy Spero

    Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea
    c/ Valle Inclán s/n
    September 24, 2004–January 6, 2005

    For more than five decades, Nancy Spero has paired an array of fragmented, totemic figures (from serpent-tongued harpies to sperm-engorged bombs) with fragmented, coded language (from writings by Artaud to descriptions of torture techniques). This show includes both new work and highlights from Spero’s oeuvre, such as selections from the “War Series 1966–70” and Hours of the Night II, 2001. The accompanying catalogue comprises essays by independent curator Susan Harris as well as Juan Vicente Aliaga, Jo Anna Isaak, and Diana Nemiroff. The artist’s life-long feminist project of plumbing the depths of human cruelty and subjugation while pointing up unexpected moments of grace couldn’t feel more timely.