Nancy Spero

Josh Baer Gallery

Here, Nancy Spero showed several works from 1985, including Skygoddess, a large work on paper that extended along three walls of the gallery; four smaller mixed media pieces; and one earlier work, Monsters, 1984. All of these were monoprints on rectangular pieces of paper joined into either horizontal or vertical series. Spero has zinc plates made from her drawings of found images, which are largely taken from the early history of art, but also sometimes from the contemporary mass media. She applies acrylic paint to the plates, and presses them by hand onto her papers. The figures are usually representations of women: statuesque Greek ladies in chitons and saucy Greek girls playing with dildoes, both derived from classical vase paintings; naked running women copied from Saharan cave paintings; a Gaelic goddess displaying her vagina; a Vietnamese woman fleeing her home with her baby.


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