New York

Nancy Spero

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Nancy Spero has produced another monumental “scroll” work, an epic frieze of the magnitude of her earlier pioneering installations, such as Notes in Time on Women, 1979, and The First Language, 1981. Like those, Azur, 1997–2002, is a three-tier horizontal “surround” of printed and painted paper collage, a bursting-at-the-seams extravaganza of figures familiar and strange, mythic and real, whose shared attribute is being female. In Azur (composed of thirty-nine panels, each made up of several large sheets of paper, all 277 feet of it pushpinned to the wall), Spero's ladies leap into action, rhythmically bounding from one panel to the next, over heavenly sky domes, into pools of saturated color, out of whirling spirals, past checkerboard fields of frenzied pattern. Acrobats, runners, dancers, divers, deliverers, protectors, sufferers, survivors, avengers, warriors: The women walk many paths

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