Her expressive work is characterized by its figurative interpretation of sociopolitical and cultural issues, often directly tackling racism, violence, and sexism in contemporary space. "I've always sought to express a tension in form and meaning in order to achieve a veracity, " she had said of her work.Throughout her practice, she regularly shifted balances of power and developed new feminist narratives in spaces there would otherwise be without. Born on August 24, 1926 in Cleveland, OH, Spero's paintings, sculptures, and installations are firmly embedded in the Modernist tradition, utilizing references like Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi and printmaking techniques to provide critical insight into contemporary life. She studied painting at both the Art Institute of Chicago and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and married the artist Leon Golub.
In 1950, with whom she would often collaborate. Her work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, among others. Spero died in New York, NY on October 18, 2009 at the age of 83. Nancy Spero (August 24, 1926 - October 18, 2009) was an American visual artist.Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Spero lived for much of her life in New York City. She married and collaborated with artist Leon Golub.
As both artist and activist, Nancy Spero had a career that spanned fifty years. She is known for her continuous engagement with contemporary political, social, and cultural concerns. Spero chronicled wars and apocalyptic violence as well as articulating visions of ecstatic rebirth and the celebratory cycles of life. Her complex network of collective and individual voices was a catalyst for the creation of her figurative lexicon representing women from prehistory to the present in such epic-scale paintings and collage on paper as Torture of Women (1976), Notes in Time on Women (1979) and The First Language (1981). In 2010, Notes in Time was posthumously reanimated as a digital scroll in the online magazine Triple Canopy.Spero has had a number of retrospective exhibitions at major museums.