new-york

Nancy Spero

Josh Baer Gallery

Nancy Spero represents the historical nightmare that constitutes women’s relationship to culture. Her representations of victims of medieval torture, Nazi sadism, and sexual abuse are hand-printed and collaged onto empty white backgrounds next to pornographic images, prehistoric female running figures, and defiantly vulgar women; it’s the story of power struggles played out on the bodies of women.

Spero adopts the role of the loud-mouthed raconteur, telling this tale of horror that others would like to ignore. Here, ten pieces combined to form an installation of sorts. Various colored and textured versions of a naked woman in an explicit and sexually aggressive pose are collaged onto a 36-foot length of unrolled paper hung eight feet from the floor. Standing in a half-squat with pelvis thrust forward, knees bent outward, and arms cocked upward, the figure was obviously lifted from a

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