Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in feminist art, Spero has evolved an expansive, cross-cultural art with a dialectical vision that lays bare the timeless and universal reality of oppression even as it celebrates the indomitable human spirit and struggle for autonomy.
Weighing the Heart Against a Feather of Truth
For over five decades, the art of American artist Nancy Spero (Cleveland, Ohio, 1926) has challenged the status quo in aesthetic, ideological and humanitarian domains. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in feminist art, Spero has evolved an expansive, cross-cultural art with a dialectical vision that lays bare the timeless and universal reality of oppression even as it celebrates the indomitable human spirit and struggle for autonomy.
It was in a spirit of defiance at being outcast both as a woman and an artist that, starting in the 1960s, led Spero to pursue provocative subject matter and iconoclastic approaches to materials, process and space. Rejecting oil on canvas, she devised a process of collaging small stamped images and splintered texts onto sheets of paper. The fragility of the paper, the open-endedness of the scroll format, and the processes of printing and collaging text and images that are recycled, repeated and juxtaposed are, today, widely recognized as Speroâ€™s signature elements.
Weighing the Heart Against a Feather of Truth is Nancy Speroâ€™s first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum. It features masterworks from throughout the artistâ€™s oeuvre along with selected personages from her lexicon of women installed directly on the walls of CGAC. Extending horizontally across and vertically into real space, Speroâ€™s epic narratives of celebration and suffering compliment the dramatic light, lines, surfaces and shifts in scale of the museumâ€™s architecture and, no less, the historic, religious, and symbolic splendor fo Santiago de Compostela. With this soulful presentation of Speroâ€™s historic and contemporary work, one hopes that we will find renewed meaning in its message and its spirit, and draw strength from its universal wisdom.
Santiago de Compostela
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea
Valle Inclan s/n 15704