Born in 1926, Ohio (USA) - October 18, 2009 New York (USA)
Nancy Spero received a BFA in 1949 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With her husband, the painter Leon Golub, she and her young family lived in Paris for several years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where she immersed herself in the writings of Artaud.
An integral part of New York’s counter-culture and feminist art movements from the mid-1960s onwards, she co-founded the first feminist art gallery, A.I.R., and, along with her husband, Robert Morris and critic Lucy Lippard, formed the Art Workers’ Coalition. During this period, she developed what is now one of her most critically acclaimed series, the War Series, in response to the Vietnam War, but her work, this series included, did not achieve widespread attention until the 1980s.
Spero’s artworks can now be found in major public and private collections around the world. Her work has been the subject of numerous survey exhibitions and major group exhibitions such as Inside the Visible (ICA, Boston, 1996), Documenta and Venice Biennale. Nancy Spero is now recognized as one of the foremost artists of her generation in the USA and internationally, and has been heralded for her work promoting the rights of artists, particularly women artists.