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Daily Dose Pick: Nancy Spero

A sweeping survey of one of the most influential female artists of the past 50 years, Christopher Lyon’s Nancy Spero: The Work packs a powerful social and visual punch.

A feminist art movement pioneer, Spero promoted the notion of woman-as-protagonist, exposed the horrors of the Vietnam War, gave birth to expressive text-and-image art, and investigated issues of pain and torture in her innovative works on paper and daring installations. Mining the past while addressing her time, Spero put history into art and women into history.

Visit Spero’s Art:21 site, catch her traveling retrospective at London’s Serpentine Gallery, read her glowing New York Times’ obituary, and buy a copy of the Prestel book.

Click through below for a gallery of images from the book.


Nancy Spero, Victims Thrown from Helicopter, 1968. Cut-and-pasted painted paper, gouache, and ink on paper. 24 x 39 in. (61 x 99.1 cm). From the Prestel book Nancy Spero: The Work by Christopher Lyon

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