Nancy Spero (Contemporary Artists (Phaidon))

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Press:Phaidon Inc Ltd Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (June 13, 1996)
Publication Date:1996
ISBN:9780714833408
Author Name:Bird, Jon/ Isaak, Jo Anna/ Lotringer, Sylvere
Pages:160
Language:English

Content

This text examines three decades of work by the artist, Nancy Spero. 
Her subject matter, the depiction of women, has ranged from the writings of Artaud to the Vietnam war.
She collages and imprints her images of contemporary goddesses onto long papyrus-like friezes that scroll around walls, combining totemic figures with mythological and historical chronicles.
This book also includes Spero's own writings many of which are published for the first time.

Review

On the Contemporary Artists Series "The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. 
These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about."-Artforum "The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art."-Time Out "A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists."-The Sunday Times "Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists.
Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment."-The Art Book

About the Author

Jon Bird is a writer, artist, exhibition curator, and professor of art and critical theory at Middlesex University. 
He is the author of Leon Golub: Echoes of the Real, published by Reaktion Books.

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  •     Very happy with condition of this book
  •     The most vibrant piece is the cover.Inside the scenario changes dramatically. Much of the work is too small, frequently monochromaticvariations that are described as "hand printed." Whatever that means. Woodcut? Etching? Litho? Silkscreen? Gum Arabic?An interviewer mentions how "Mother and Child" seems lit from within. But in the small photo, it just looks dull and murky.Because so many works are crammed in a page where TEXT is given the main emphasis, you can't get the full impact of the work. Screw the text! Pieces like Frieze II deserve its own page. One of the best pieces is actually a zinc plate, "Mother and Child.: Spero's oils are also quite beautiful, and should be larger than 1" by 1" with better color. Oddly, less interesting scribbles are given full pages.At times, Spero's work is random, almost whimsical not quite cohering into a unified art piece - but then again, not being in perfect completion gives the work an intriguing, light quality.Despite inexcusable limitations of the editor, Spero's quirky POV comes through. Her feminist figures based in mythology are fresh and inspiring, even if they don't always pull together. She is a force of our times.
 

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