Nancy Spero

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Nancy Spero
Color Guard
Cut-and-pasted handprinted and painted paper and synthetic paint on paper.
19 1/2 x 72 1/2 inches (49.5 x 184.2 cm)
Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee.

A feminist and activist, Spero denounced political violence and social injustice in her art. Working mostly on paper, she developed a form of figuration mixing painting, collage, and printmaking. From the mid-1970s on, she focused on female figures, combining images derived from a wide range of cultures. In the present drawing, which has the format of a horizontal scroll, she juxtaposed a Gorgon from the 580 BC Dinos of the Gorgon Painter in the Louvre Museum with a leaping female figure from Australian aboriginal painting and a woman surmounted by a bird and a tree copied from a 16th-c. alchemy manual. Color Guard's bright colors are typical of Spero's later work.

Estate of the artist (Gallerie Lelong, New York).
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