Nancy Spero

1926 · United States

Artist biography

Nancy Spero is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in the United States. Nancy Spero was born in 1926. Artists Ray Harryhausen, Gene Davis, Diane Arbus, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichenstein are of the same generation and same country as Nancy Spero.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nancy Spero is represented and exhibited by 5 galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Anthony Reynolds Gallery in London, Christine König Galerie in Vienna, and Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome. Nancy Spero most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Drawing Room in London with the exhibition Graphic Witness. The exhibition was open from 18 May 2017 until 09 July 2017. Nancy Spero's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; American Women, The infinite journey (08 January 2020 - 20 March 2020) at Galerie Valérie Bach in Belgium and The Warriors (13 March 2019 - 10 May 2019) at Galerie Lelong | Paris, Téhéran in France. Nancy Spero's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Graphic Witness and took place at Drawing Room in London, the United Kingdom from the 18 May 2017 to 09 July 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most significant art hub in the world. Leading art movements established and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence upon the international visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Nancy Spero

Born in 1926, Nancy Spero was largely influenced by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many leading creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Nancy Spero

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