Nancy Spero’s “Paper Mirror” at Museo Tamayo, Mexico

Nancy Spero’s “Paper Mirror” at Museo Tamayo, Mexico

Museo Tamayo is showcasing Nancy Spero’s “Paper Mirror,” through February 17, 2019. This also marks the first significant exhibition of the New York-based artist in Mexico, featuring selected works from her career spanning 50 years.

“Beginning as a figurative painter, Nancy Spero’s (1926-2009) ‘Paris Black’ Paintings of the early 1960s depict archetypical lone figures and lovers in atmospheric placelessness, which bespoke her isolation as a woman artist. Outraged by US atrocities in Vietnam, in 1966, Spero suddenly gave up the ‘establishment-look’ of oil on canvas to work on paper. Her ‘War Series’ embodies brutal imagery, including sexualized bombs. Spero appropriated the writings of Antonin Artaud, combining collaged psychosexual figures and the French poet’s extreme expressions of hostility and pain. Through Artaud, Spero developed her voice and the long scroll-like form she would build upon over time to make paper ‘ephemeral monuments.’ Spero’s art engages histories of woman as victim, goddess mythologies, and then, on deciding to view the world through solely representing women, woman as an active agent...Nancy Spero continually broke formal, spatial, and ideological boundaries. In the late 1980s, she took to the walls themselves, making installations of handprinting directly on gallery and museum architecture. Drawing from over fifty years of Spero’s art, curator Julie Ault has structured ‘Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror’ by Spero’s critical shifts in form, production mode, and subject matter,” states Museo Tamayo.

Nancy Spero (Born August 24, 1926, Cleveland, Ohio, United States, died October 18, 2009, Manhattan, New York City) was an American visual artist. Spero lived for much of her life in New York City and was married to and collaborated with artist Leon Golub. As both artist and activist, Nancy Spero had a career that spanned 50 years. After graduating from New Trier High School, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating in 1949. Spero continued to study painting in Paris at the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts and at the Atelier of Andre Lhote, an early Cubist painter, teacher and critic.

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