Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In Memorium Nancy Spero (1926-2009) Visual Artist

I learned from Art21 that Nancy Spero passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2009. I’d first encountered her work when I was an associate editor at Hurricane Alice. We were always so thrilled and grateful that an artist of her reputation contributed to the excellence of our journal. The vision of her work was nothing less than a rigorous questioning of society with an astute artistic execution. Her work virtually danced through the journal’s pages, infusing them with expansiveness that always complemented the content.

One of her works is installed on the ceiling of the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. When I got the opportunity to see it a few years ago, I felt like I was coming home.

This is a description of her work and a video of Nancy Spero from Art21’s website:

“A pioneer of feminist art, Spero’s work is an unapologetic statement against the pervasive abuse of power, Western privilege, and male dominance. Her imagery and subject matter were inspired by current and historical events such as the torture of women in Nicaragua, the extermination of Jews in the Holocaust, and the atrocities of the Vietnam War. We had the privilege of interviewing her and documenting her practice in the Season Four episode, Protest. Though we mourn the loss of this great artist, we also celebrate her legacy and fearless contribution to art, politics, and antiwar activism."


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