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Nancy Spero

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Everson Museum of Art

“Nancy Spero: Works Since 1950,” a traveling show curated and organized by Dominique Nahas, provides a welcome chance to see a broad selection of this artist’s work together in one place. It includes semilegendary early pieces such as the “Black Paris Paintings,” 1959–64 (of which there are five in the exhibition) and some of her major statements from the last two decades (Codex Artaud, 1971–72, The Torture of Women, 1976, Notes in Time on Women, 1976–79, and Sky Goddess, 1985), along with various smaller works from her activist, anti-Vietnam period (Helicopter Eating Victims and Shitting Remains and Male Bomb, both 1966, among others).

Spero’s career has always had a kind of inverse relationship to the art scene around it. In the late ’50s and early ’60s she made deeply felt and patiently wrought paintings, expressionist in style, in which figures, emerging from a teeming, tumultuous ground

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