Estate of Nancy Spero
b. 1926, Cleveland, Ohio
Throughout the five decades of her radical career the American artist and activist Nancy Spero placed the lived female experience at the heart of her practice. She challenged aesthetic and political orthodoxies, abandoning figurative painting in the 1960s in reaction to the horrors of the Vietnam War. From the 1970s she focused on representing the full gamut of women's experience throughout history, creating epic works, she described as 'ephemeral monuments'. In these, she created a pantheon of figures, from joyful, liberated athletes and dancers, to victims of violence, drawing on the iconography of ancient goddesses from Egypt, Greece and the Celtic world alongside contemporary media images.
Explicit / Explanation, 1974
Handprinting and gouache collage on paper. 22.9 x 24.8 cm (unframed). 28.6 x 32.7 x 3.8 cm (framed)