1926 Born Cleveland, Ohio
2009 Died, New York
1944-45 University of Colorado, Boulder
1949 School of Art Institute of Chicago
1949-50 Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris
1996 Hiroshima Prize
Awards and Honors
2001 Artists Space, 2001 Spring Benefit Honoree
1997 Cityarts, New York, 29th annual award (jointly with Leon Golub), 1997

Hiroshima Art Prize, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art and Hiroshima City, Japan

The 1996 Printmaker Emerita Award, West Virginia University


Showhegan Medal for works on Paper

NARAL/New York Pro Choice Media

1991 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1977-78 National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1976-77 CAPS Fellowship, New York State Council on the Arts
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Maypole Take No Prisoners, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA
2015 Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice (Venice Biennale 2015)
2013 Towards Liberation, VCUArts Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
  From Victimage to Liberation: Works from the 1980s & 1990s, Galerie Lelong, New York
2012 Nancy Spero: The Rebirth, HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts, Dresden, Germany
2011 Nancy Spero, Serpentine Gallery, London
  Nancy Sperok: Works from the 1980s, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany
2010 Nancy Spero, Centre Pompidou, Paris (cat, ill.)

Un Coup de Dent, Galerie Lelong, New York

Woman as Protagonist, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg

Blue, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome


Nancy Spero, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

Spero Speaks, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
Dissidances,Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia ((MNCARS), Madrid

Dissidances, Museu d`Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona

2007 Autour d`Antonin Artaud, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen
Black Paintings, Galerie Lelong, Paris
2005 Nancy Spero, Galerie Lelong, New York
2004 Nancy Spero, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela.
1998 Nancy Spero, IKON Gallery, Birmingham
1996 Nancy Spero. The 1996 SGC Printmaker Emerita, 24th Annual Southern Graphics Council Conference, Paul Mesaros Gallery, College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University, Morgantown
Leon Golub and Nancy Spero, Hiroshima Prize Retrospective Exhibition, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Black and the Red III Sheela at Home, joint exhibition at P.P.O.W and Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
1995 Notes in Time, Fine Arts Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore University, Catonsville
Nancy Spero, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich
A Cycle in Time: Nancy Spero, Update : Leon Golub, Residenzgalerie, Salzburg
1994 Nancy Spero : The First Language and The Black and the Red, Malmö Konsthall
Leon Golub and Nancy Spero: War and Memory, American Center, Paris
Inside the Visible, Nancy Spero, Kunststiching Kanaal Art Foundation, Kortrijk, Belgium
Nancy Spero/Leon Golub, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
1993 Nancy Spero Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville
Golub/Spero Josh Baer Gallery, New York
1992 Nancy Spero, Ulmer Museum, Ulm
1991 Small works, Artaud Paintings, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munic
Josh Baer Gallery, New York
Works on paper 1981-1991, Salzburger Kunstverein and Kunstlerhaus, Salzburg
Nancy Spero in der Glyptothek: Arbeiten auf Papier 1981-1991
Glyptothek am Königsplatz, Munich
1990 Haus am Waldsee, Berlin Travelling to Kunstverein, Bonn and
Gemeentemusuem, Arnhem
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1989 S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto
Works from 1956-1962, Josh Baer Gallery, New York
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles
1988 Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (in conjunction with Leon Golub)
War Paintings: 1966-1970, Josh Baer Gallery, New York
The Artaud Series: 1969-70, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
War Series 1966-1969, Artaud Paintings 1969-70, Rhona
Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Terrain Gallery, San Francisco
Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1987 Sheela and the Dildo Dancer, Josh Baer Gallery, New York
Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia
S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto
The First Language, Washington Project for the Art, Washington DC
ICA, London travelling to Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
and Orchard Gallery, Derry (catalogue)
Nancy Spero: Works since 1950's, Everson Museum of Art,
Syracuse travelling to Museum of Contemporary Art,
Chicago; Mendel Gallery, Saskatchewan; MIT, Cambridge;
The Power Plant, Toronto; New Museum of Contemporary
Art, New York (catalogue)
1986 The First Language, Continuum, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
Nancy Spero/Leon Golub, Greenville County Museum of Art,
South Carolina (catalogue)
Josh Baer Gallery, New York
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
1985 Nancy Spero: Recent Work, Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia
Nancy Spero: The Black Paris Paintings 1959-1966,
Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh (catalogue)
Powerhouse Gallery, Montreal
S.L.Simpson Gallery, Toronto
COCA Space, Seattle
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles
1984 Matrix Gallery, University of California, Berkeley
Riverside Studios, London
The Black Paintings, Bergman Gallery, University of Chicago
1983 Simultaneous 3 gallery exhibition:
War Series, Gallery 345/Art for Social Change, Inc., New
York (catalogue)
Black Paintings, Paris and Codex Artaud, 1971-1972,
A.I.R. Gallery, New York
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Willard Gallery, New York
1982 University/College galleries in Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont
Vietnam War, Nancy Spero/Leon Golub, Tweed Arts Group, New Jersey
Galerie France Morin, Montreal
1981 The First Language, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
1980/81 University/College galleries in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York
1979 Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conneticut
Notes in Time on Women, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
1976 Torture of Women, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
1974 The Hours of the Night and Torture in Chile, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
1973 Codes Artaud, AIR Gallery, New York
1971 Artaud Paintings, University of California at San Diego
1962/65/68 Galeria Breteau, Paris
1958 Nancy Spero/Leon Golub, Indiana University, Bloomington
1950 New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois
Group Exhibitions
2017 Antonin Artaud 1936, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
  Delirious, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
  Graphic Witness, Drawing Room, London, United Kingdom
  Loved, Lost and Loose: Foreign Artists in Paris 1944-1968, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
  After the Fact: Propaganda, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
  Fast Forward: Painting from the 19080s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
  Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness, Glyndor Gallery – Wave Hill, Bronx, New York
  Toute Seule, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2016 From Revolt to Postmodernity, 1962 - 1982, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
  Walk the Line: Drawing Through Contemporary Art, Bernal Espacio Galeria & Projects
  Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago , Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, Museo de la Pasion, Valladolid, Spain
2015 Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
  Donation Florence & Daniel Guerlain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
  Women's Work, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
  La Mamma, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
  The Great Mother, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
  Saar, Serra. Surls, and more: Thirty New Acquisitions in Contemporary Art, Westmont Ridlet-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
  Normal Love, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany
  Elogio de la fatiga - Fabia i Coats, Barcelona Contemporary Art Center, Barcelona, Spain
  En Cuerpo y alma. Mujeres artistas de los siglos XX y XXI, Sala kubo-kutxa, San Sebbastian, Spain
2014 What's In and What's Not, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
  artevida: a City wide Contemporary art exhibition; artevida (politica), Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  Draw Me a Sheep, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
  Civilization, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
  L'Heure Des Sorcieres, Centre d'art contemporain de Quimper - le Quartier, Quimper, France
  The Shape of Things, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
  The Sensory War 1914 - 2014, Manchester Art Gallery & Whitworth Art Gallery
  In Camera, Le Cartel, Marseille, France
  The Disasters of War, Louvre Lens, Lens, France
  Drawings and Works on Paper, Galerie Lelong, New York
  Ce que raconte la solitude, organised by Le Cartel de la Friche and Art-O-Rama, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marsille, France
  The Nakeds, Drawing Room, London
2013 Female Power, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Museum fur Gegenwarts-kunst Basel, Switzerland; Travelling to Culturgest, Portugal
2012 The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World, Penssylania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, Tate Liverpool
  Bearing Witness, Kelowna Art Gallery, Canada
  VIOLENCE: Art Decoding Violence, XV Biennale Donna, organized by UDI - Unione Donne in Italia di Ferrara and the Gallerie d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Ferrara, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, Italy
  EVERY EXIT IS AN ENTRANCE: 30 Years of Exit Art, Exit Art, New York
  Spirits of Internationalism; 6 European Collections 1956-1986, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium
  Loin des yuex pred du corps, Galerie de'lUGAM, Universitie du Qubec a Montreal, Canada
  Spirits of Internationalis: 6 European Collections 1956 - 1986, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium
2011 Body Gesture: A group exhibition of Feminist art, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  The Right To Protest, Museum On The Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
  The Sum of It's Parts: Selections from the Benton Collections, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut
  Abstract Expressionism and it's Discontents, Pennslyvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
  Heronias, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fundacion Caja, Madrid, Spain

Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

Modern in America: Works on Paper, 1900-1950s, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

ADIEU! A tribute to Nancy Spero and Leon Golub, Christine König Galerie, Vienna

The Visible Vagina, David Nohlan Gallery, New York

Face History, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

Signs of Life: Ancient Knowledge in Contemporary Art, Museum of Art, Lucerne, Germany

Bearing Witness: Works from the Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver B.C., Canada


Back to Earth: Revisiting Magiciens de la Terre, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

An Other Essays, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, Nalini Malani, Galeria Estiarte, Madrid, Spain

The Sacred Feminine: Prehistory to Post Modernity, Museum of Art and Archeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Diabolique, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

elles@centrepompidou: Women Artists in the Collections of the National Modern Art Museum, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Lest We Forget: The Voice of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina

Time as Matter. MACBA Collection. New Acquisitions, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Unbuilt Roads, Based on the book 'Unbuilt Roads: 107 Unrealised Projects' (Hatje Cantz, 1997) edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Guy Tortosa, e-flux project space, New York

What’s the Word: Words and Symbols from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut


The Archer and the Goat, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

Selected works by gallery artists, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, touring exhibition, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, touring exhibition,Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver


WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, touring exhibition, Geffen Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, touring exhibition, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington

52 th La Biennale di Venezia, (Think with the Senses - Feel with the Mind Art in the Present Tense) Venice

Musee National D’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, new hangings of the modern collection, Paris

Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Unmonumental: The Object In The 21st Century, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Inaugural exhibition, New York

27th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Centre of Graphic Arts, Lubljana, Slovenia


Saigon Open City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Break Even, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York

How American Women Artists Invented Postmodernism: 1970-1975, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Whitney Biennial 2006, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2005 Persistent Vestiges: Drawing from the American-Vietnam War, The Drawing Center, New York
2003 Sanctuary, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Goddess, Galerie Lelong, New York

The Empire Strikes Back,The ATM Gallery, New York

Markers II, Kassel, Germany


49 th Venice Biennale (Markers, Outdoor Banner Project), Venice

Reconfiguration: Works on Paper, Yanhuang Museum, Beijing

ARS 01,Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki


Open Ends: Contemporary Art from 1960 – 2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Let’s Talk About Sex, Kunsthous Dresden, Germany


Kwangju Biennale 2000, Art and Human Rights Section, Korea

Chicago Loop: Imagist Art 1949-1979, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford

The Figure: Another Side of Modernism, Snug Harbor Cultural Center/ Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, New York

1999 The American Century, Art and Culture, Part II 1950-2000, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Matrix/Berkeley: 20 Years, The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley

Presence of Greek Myth, Instituto di Storia dell’Arte, Palermo

Past / Present, International Biennale of Cairo, Caire


Documenta X, Kassel

Inside the Visible: Alternative Views of 20th Century Art Through Women’s Eyes, touring exhibition Art

Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

1996 Maureen Gallace, Anne Harris, Annette Lemieux, Joan Snyder, Nancy
Spero, Nielsen Gallery, Boston
Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Spero, Galerie Ursula WalbröL, Dusseldorf
Extension: Large Scale Drawings, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
1995 Collage made in America, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
Prodigal Daughter, Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford
After Auschwitz, Royal Festival Hall, London; Manchester City Art Gallery; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Edinburgh City Art Center, Northern Center for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
Civil Rights Now, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem
Feminin/Masculin-Le Sexe de l'Art, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
After Hiroshima-Message from Contemporary Art, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
International Drawing Triennal in Warshaw:Art as Thought, Art as Energy, Museum of Architecture, Warshaw
Drawn on the Museum, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefields
Art on Paper 1995, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Justice/Injustic: Art Against Death, Puffin Room, The Puffin Foundation, New York
Death Penalty, Loss of Conscience, Visual Arts Gallery, Purchase College, State University of New York
Risarcimento : Artisti contemporanei per gli Uffizi, Florence
Contemporary Drawing: exploring the Territory, Aspen Art Museum
Cultural Economi : Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC, The Drawing Center
21 : International Biennal of Graphic Art, Modern Gallery, Ljubljana
The Art of Justice: Part II, Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, New York
Sniper's Nest: Art That Has Lived with Lucy R. Lippard, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
1994 Dialogue with the Other, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Denmark; Norrolngs Konstmuseum, Norway
Cloaca Maxima, Museum der Stadtenwässerung, Zurich
IK + Deander, Dignity for all: reflections on humanity, Stichting Artimo
Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
camera obscura/obscura camera, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago
Impossible Evidence: Contemporary View of the Holocaust, Freedman Gallery, Center for the Arts.
Prints from Solo Impressions Inc, The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster
Athena and Arachne, Apex Art, New York
1993 Gone Beyond Gone Thread Waxing Space, New York
The Subject of Rape, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
From the Inside Out: Eight Contemporary Artists, The Jewish Museum, New York
1991 El Sueno Imperativo, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
As seen by both sides (American and Vietnamese Artists Look at the War) Boston University Art Gallery
1990 Goya to Beijing, Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Montreal
A New Necessity: First Tyne International of Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Newcastle (catalogue)
T.S.W.A. - Four Cities Project, Derry, Northern Ireland
1989 Prospect '89, Schirn Kusthalle, Frankfurt (catalogue)
1988 Alive/Survive, Kamnagelgelande, Hamburg
Committed to Print, Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
The Social Club, Exit Art, New York
Een Keuze/A Choice, KunstRAI, Amsterdam (catalogue)
1987 Anti-Baudrillard, White Columns, New York
American Policy, Cleveland State University, Ohio
Connections Projects/Conexus, Museum of Contemporary
Hispanic Art, New York
Stations, Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal
The Castle, Dokumenta 8, Kassel
University/College galleries of Cleveland/Chicago
1986 Association de Mujeres del El Salvador, Montreal
Between Identity and Politics: A New Art, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London & New York
The Biennial of Sydney, Australia
Out of sight, out of mind, P.P.O.W, New York
Momento Mori, Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico
City (catalogue)
University/College galleries of Houston/New York/Vermont
1986 Association de Mujeres del El Salvador, Montreal
Between Identity and Politics: A New Art, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London & New York
The Biennial of Sydney, Australia
Out of sight, out of mind, P.P.O.W, New York
Momento Mori, Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico
City (catalogue)
University/College galleries of Houston/New York/Vermont
1985 Kunst von Frauen, Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Vienna
3 Women Painters,
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff
Nature and Revolution,
P.P.O.W Gallery, New York
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York
American/European Paintings and Sculpture,
Gallery, Los Angeles
Nude, Naked, Stripped, List Visual Arts Centre MIT, Cambridge, Mass
The Other America, Royal Festival Hall, London
University/College galleries of Philadelphia/ Ohio
1984 1+1=2, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York and touring
American Women Artists, Part II, Sydney Janis Gallery, New York
Art & Ideology, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Feminists toi-meme, Feministe grand meme !, La Chambre Blanche, Quebec
Strip Language, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London
Content: A Contemporary Focus 1974-1984, Hirshorn Museum
& Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
La Narrativa Internacional de Hoy, Museum Tamayo, Mexico
City & PS1, Long Island City
Tradition and Conflict, Studio Museum, Harlem
University/College galleries of New York/New Jersey/
1983 Falling, BABA's Downtown Gallery Centre, Brooklyn
What Artists Have to Say About Nuclear War, Nexus Gallery, Atlanta
The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter, Protetch-
McNeil Gallery, New York
State of The Art, The New Social Commentary, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Issues and Trends in Modern Art, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta
The End of the World: Contemporary Visions of the Apocolypse, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
University/College galleries of New York/New Jersey/
1982 Photographies d'Artistes, Galerie France Morin, Montreal
Luchar-An Exhibition for the People of Central America,
aller Latino Americano, New York
Sense and Sensibility, Nottingham (catalogue)
Sexuality in Art: Two Decades from a Feminist Perspective, Westbeth Gallery 1, New York
The Atomic Salon, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York
University/College galleries of New York/New Jersey
1981 Transformations-Women in Art, 70's-80's, Coliseum, New York
Ikon/Logos-The Word as Image, The Alternative Museum, New York
Crimes of Compassion, Chrysler Museum, Virginia (catalogue)
University/College galleries of North Dakota, New York,
Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia
1980 Issue-Social Strategies by Women Artists, ICA, London
University/College galleries of Hartford/Ohio
1979 Artists Draw, Artists Space, New York
Feministische Kunst Internationaal, Haague Gemeentemuseum The Hague & tour through Holland
University/College galleries of Chicago/New York/New
Mexico, New Jersey/Philadelphia
1978 Language: A Visual Experience, B.J. Spoke Gallery, Port Washington
Works of A.I.R Artists, Ginzo Kaigakan Gallery, Tokyo
University/College galleries of Omaha/New York
1977 Contemporary Issues, The Women's Building, Los Angeles
Words at Liberty, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Radical Attitudes to the Gallery, Art Net Ltd, London
Strong Work, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago University/College galleries of Utah/Houston
2014 David Elliott, 'Art From Elsewhere', Hayward Publishing

Nancy Spero: The Work, Prestel

Nancy Spero 1926 - 2009, Editions Centre Pompidou / Gallimard


Codex Spero. Nancy Spero Selected Writings and Interviews 1950-2008’, Roma Publications , Amsterdam

Nancy Spero, Dessidances, MACBA, Barcelona

2003 Nancy Spero: The War Series 1966-1970, Galerie Lelong, NY/Paris
2002 Spero Nancy: A Continuous Present, Kunsthalle zu Kiel & Richter Verlag, Kiel, Germany
1998 Nancy Spero, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
1996 Nancy Spero, Phaidon Press Limited, London

Leon Golub and Nancy Spero:War and Memory, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge

Nancy Spero, Malmö Kunsthall, Malmö, Sweden

1993 Golub/Spero 60's/70's & 90's/50's, Josh Baer Gallery, New York
1992 Nancy Spero - Woman Breathing, Ulmer Museum, Edition Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany
1990 Nancy Spero, Bilder 1958-1990, Berlin und Bonn, Berlin, Bonn
1989 Nancy Spero: Rebirth of Venus, Art Random, Kyoto Shoin, Japan

Nancy Spero: Works Since 1950,  Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Nancy Spero: Inscribing woman--between the lines, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

2013 Chloe Wyma, 'Godess-Ripping Fiction: Investigating Nancy Spero's Essentialist Masquerade', Artinfo, 17 January


Eleanor Nairne, ‘Nancy Spero’, Frieze issue 139

Ben Luke, Fighting for Feminism, Evening Standard, 3 March

Rachel Withers, ‘No Pity’, The Guardian Review, 26 February

Roger Malbert, ‘Nancy Spero: The Whole Woman’, The Art Newspaper, January

‘Ausstellungen’, Monopol, January

Jens Hinrichsen, ‘Bücher’, Monopol, December

Juliette Soulez, ‘Facing Nancy Spero’s Demons of War at the Pompidou Center’,, 8 November

Kimberly Chou, ‘Reminding Us Not To Be Silent’, Art in America, April

Andrew Russeth, ‘The Art World Remembers Nancy Spero’,, 19 April

‘Nancy Spero’s Life and Work to be Commemorated in New York’,, 8 April

Julie Ault, ‘Voice Recognition’, ArtForum, February

Karen Rosenberg, ‘Nancy Spero, ‘Un Coup de Dent’’, The New York Times, February

Susan Harris, ‘Nancy Spero: Un Coup de Dent’, The Brooklyn Rail, February

Rachel Withers, ‘Nancy Spero’, Artforum, January

Brian Sholis, ‘Nancy Spero’,, January


Ina Panicelli, ‘Nancy Spero.’, Artforum, November

Joanna Walker, ‘Nancy Spero’, Art Monthly, October

Adrian Searle, ‘Nancy Spero’s death means the art world loses its conscience’, The Guardian, 20 October

Michael McNay, ‘Nancy Spero Obituary’, The Guardian, 23 October

Karen Rosenberg, ‘Nancy Spero, ‘Un Coup de Dent’’, The New York Times, February

Phong Bui, ‘Nancy Spero in Conversation with Phong Bui’, The Brooklyn Rail, July 2008

Rachel Churner, ‘Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona’, Artforum, May


Francesco Stocchi, ‘Yin and Yan’, Spike, Issue 13, Autumn

Anne Doran, ‘Out with the Old’, Artforum, September

Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘I am the Activator, Nancy Spero speaking to Hans Ulrich Obrist in a telephone interview’, Spike, Issue 12

Ann Doren, ‘Out with the Old’, Artforum, September

Francesco Stocchi, ‘On the 52nd Biennial’, Spike, Issue 13

Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘I am the activator’, Spike, Issue 12

Anne Doran, ‘Out with the Old’, Artforum, September


‘Nancy Spero’, Frances Richard, Artforum, February

Lilly Wei, ‘Nancy Spero’, ARTnews, February

2005 Nick Stillman, ‘Nancy Spero’, Artforum, Oct-Nov
2003 Holland Cotter, ‘Art in Review, Nancy Spero’,, November

Eleanor Heartney, ‘Nancy Spero’, Art in America, September

Jan Avgikos, ‘Nancy Spero’, Artforum, April

2001 Paul Lieberman, ‘The Hue and Cry of art’, Los Angeles Time, 10 October

Mason Klein, ‘Leon Golub and Nancy Spero’, Artforum, September, pp.178-9

Robert Enright, ‘On the other side of the miror’, Border Crossings, 2000


“Speromania”, The Village Voice, October 29

Eugene Cuvelier, ‘Nancy Spero Everywhere’, New York Magazine, October 21, p. 95

Werner Hanak & Mechtild Widrich, Nancy Spero- Installation der Erinnerung, Museum catalogue,  pp. 44-49

Of Joy and Despair, exhibition catalogue, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Michael Kimmelman, ‘At The Met With Leon Golub and Nancy Spero’, The New York Times, January 5


Petra Giloy-Hirtz. ‘Imaginationen von Weiblichkeit’, Künstler: Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Eine Edition der Verlage Weltkunst und Bruckmann, Ausgabe 31, Heft 22, 3. Quartal

Nancy Spero and Leon Golub: Notes In Time: Center for Art and Visual Culture, UMBC exhibition catalogue, pp.30-43)

Nancy Stapen, ‘A Pair of Opposites, Bound by Ideals’, The Boston Globe, May 23

Christine Temin, ‘Bearing Witness’, The Boston Globe Magazine, April 16, pp. 18-19, 22-26


Jana Wisniewski, ‘Malerei, politisch relevant: Nancy Spero und Leon Golub im American Center in Paris’, Salzburger Nachrichten, December 14, 1994, p. 8

Miriam Rosen, ‘Est-ce vraiment de l'art?’, Liberation, November 1, p.25

Suzanne Muchnic, ‘Together Again, on the Battlefield’, Los Angeles Times, October 30

Marjorie Welish, ‘Word into Image: Robert Barry, Martha Rosler and Nancy Spero’, Bomb, no. XXXXVII, spring, pp. 36-44

Robert G. Edelman, ‘Report From Washington’, D.C.: The Figure Returns,  Art in America, March, pp. 39-43

Dancing in Space, exhibition catalogue essay, ‘Nancy Spero’,   retrospective exhibition, Malmö Konsthal, Malmö

Katy and Helaine Posner Kline, War and Memory, Leon Golub/Nancy Spero, exhibition catalogue


‘Golub/Spero, Part II - '90's/50's’, The New York Times, May 7

Josh Baer Gallery, New York, April

Susan Goodman, ‘Eight Artists: A Cultural Context’(catalogue essay), From the Inside Out, exhibition catalogue, The Jewish Museum Susan Goodman


Tom Holert, ‘Kunst Weiblichkeit im Widerstand’, Vogue (Germany), April, p. 116-118

Brigitte Reinhardt, Nancy Spero - Woman Breathing, exhibition catalogue, Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany, April

‘When This You See...’, Nancy Spero - Woman Breathing, exhibition catalog, Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany, April

‘Tracing Ana Mendieta’, Artforum, April, pp. 75-77 and cover

David Bonetti, ‘Hieroglyphs' Better Than Words’, San Francisco Examiner, March 20, p. D-2

Richard Wollheim, ‘Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in the Reagan Years’, Modern Painters, pp.49-53

Teresa Gómez Reus, ‘Nancy Spero’, Canelobre, No. 23/24, Winter/Spring , pp. 126-137 & reproductions, cover

Bernice Rose, Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Modern Art New York, February, pp.72-73


Sabine Fehlemann, ‘Bildwelten aus Buchstaben’ (catalogue essay), Buchstäblich: Bild und Wort in der Kunst heute, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal

Kathleen Fraser, ‘letter Frome Rome: H.D., Spero and the Reconstruction of Gender’, M/E/A/N/I/N/G #10, November, pp. 40-42

Marilyn Lincoln Board, To the Revolution: Nancy Spero's Art as a Site of Transformation in the Context of French Feminist Theory, Selected Essays, International Conference on Representing Revolution, edited by John Michael Crafton, West Georgia College International Conference

Allessandra Mammi,  ‘Dialogue Between Nancy Spero and Allessandra Mammi’, Sky Goddess, Egyptian Acrobat, exhibition catalogue, Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, May

Elke Schmitter,  ‘Der Barthes ist ab’, die tageszeitung, May 15

Dena Shottenkirk, ‘Nancy Spero: Josh Baer Gallery’, Artforum, May, p 143

Elizabeth Hess, ‘Collateral Damage’, The Village Voice, March 12, p. 81

Achille Bonito Oliva, Art Is A Gynaeceum of Images, Sky Goddess, Egyptian Acrobat, exhibition catalogue (reprinted in Nancy Spero - Woman Breathing, 1992)

Hanne Weskott, “Vorbild-Abbild-Bild”, catalog essay for ‘Nancy Spero in der Glyptothek, Arbeiten auf Papier 1981-1991’, Glyptothek am Köngsplatz, Munich

‘Differing Realities: Adriene Simotová and Nancy Spero’, Détente , exhibition catalogue, VereinAusstellungsorganization, pp.74-77, 85-87

Robert R.  Littman, El Sueño de Egipto, Catalogue essay, El Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo, A.C., Polanco, Mexico

Christaine Müller, ‘Künstler suchen nach ordnendem System’, Wuppertaler, May 25

Josephine Withers, ‘Nancy Spero's American-born Sheela-na-gig’, Feminist Studies, vol. 17 #1, Spring, pp. 51-56 and cover

‘Nancy Spero’, The New York Times, March 8


Dobie, Elizabeth Ann.  ‘Interweaving Feminist Frameworks’, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Fall, pp. 381-394

R.L.Withers,.  ‘Nancy Spero: Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London’, Women Artists Slide Library Journal, No. 35, July/August, pp. 23-24

Mimi Hellman,  Nancy Spero, catalog essay, Smith College Museum of Art, March-May, Northampton, Massachusetts

Thomas Kempas,  Zur Ausstellung. Nancy Spero: Bilder 1958 bis 1990, Bonner Kunstverein, Berlin

Lucy Lippard, ‘A Different War: Vietnam and Art’, exhibition catalog, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, The Real Comet Press, Seattle


Peter Schjeldahl, Rediscovered Spero, exhibition catalogue, New York: Josh Baer Gallery

Calvin Reid, ‘Nancy Spero: A Stream of Female Consciousness’, Downtown, No. 157, August 2

Kim Levin, "Mastery Exposed”, The Village Voice, June 6, p. 88

Roberta Smith, ‘Collages That Seek To Fuse Beauty and Feminism’, New York Times, May 26


Christopher Lyon, ‘An Ambiguous and Changing Terrain Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Talk about Art and Political Commitment’, The Museum of Modern Art Members Quarterly, Winter

Pamela Wye, Nancy Spero: Speaking in Tongues, M/E/A/N/I/N/G/#4, November, pp. 33-41

Alan Jones, The Writing on the Wall, Arts, October, pp. 21-22

Maureen P. Sherlock, ‘Nancy Spero’, Arts, October, p 87

Crossing Over: Feminism and Art of Social Concern, UMI Research Press Publishers, p185

Susan L. Jenkins, An Interview with Nancy Spero, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art

Deborah Wye, ‘Committed To Print: Social and Political Themes in Recent American Printed Art’, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, pp. 28, 50, 81, 114, 124-125

‘Nancy Spero: Everson Museum of Art’, Artforum, May, pp152-153

Leon “Group Material”, Inserts (booklet insert in The New York Times), Sunday, May 22

Tyrus Miller, "Nancy Spero: Works Since 1950, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago" SULFUR 24, Spring

"Sky Goddess - Egyptian Acrobat", Artforum, Vol XXVII, No. 7, March, pp. 103-105

‘Greene Street’, The New York Times, February 26


Nancy Spero, ‘The Discovered Uncovered", M/E/A/N/I/N/G, No. 2, November, p. 32

"Peripheral Visions’,  Parkett, No. 14, pp. 6-15

Golub,   Nancy Spero: Works Since 1950 (exhibition catalogue) Syracuse, New York: Everson Museum of Art, p 39

Robert Storr, Nancy Spero: Works Since 1950, exhibition catalogue, Syracuse, New York: Everson Museum of Art, pp. 45-60

Jonathan Scott Lee, ‘Bodily Transcendence’, PsychCritique, pp. 271-291

Desa Philippi, ‘The Conjunction of Race and Gender in Anthropology and Art History: A Critical Study of Nancy Spero's Work’, Third Text (Third World perspectives on contemporary art and culture), No. 1, Autumn, pp. 34-54

Barbara Flynn, ‘Interview with Nancy Spero’, New York City, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Koln

Carol Laing, ‘Nancy Spero’, Parachute, Sept/Oct/Nov

Jeanne Siegel, ‘Nancy Spero: Woman as Protagonist’, Arts Magazine, September, p10

Tamar Garb, ‘Nancy Spero’ Artscribe, Summer

Sarah Kent,  ‘Frieze Frame’, Time Out, London, April

‘Dialogue: An Exchange of Ideas between Dena Shottenkirk and Nancy Spero’, Arts Magazine, May, p 34

Marina Warner, ‘Ravishing the Image’, The Independent, London, March 16

Rosetta Brooks, ‘Nancy Spero (exhibition catalogue) Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February

Ellen Lubell, ‘Spectacolor Short-circuits’, The Village Voice, February 10, p 81

Lisa Tickner, ‘Images of women and la peinture feminine’, catalogue essay, Institute of Contemporary Art, London


Arlene Raven, ‘Not a Pretty Picture: Can Violent Art Heal’, The Village Voice, June 17, p 85

Thomas McEvilley, ‘Nancy Spero, Josh Baer Gallery’, Artforum, Summer, pp. 123-124

Michael Brenson, ‘Nancy Spero’, The New York Times, March 28

Museum Collections

Akron Art Museum, Ohio

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Art Institute of Chicago

Australian National Gallery

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Centro Cultural, Mexico City

Frac Nord Pas de Calais, France

Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina

Harvard University Art Museums

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge

Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal

Musuem of Art and Archaelogy, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

The Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, North Vietnam

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut

New School for Social Research, New York

Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

Ohio State University

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Ramapo College, New Jersey

The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

Uffizi Galerry, Florence, Italy

Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany

University Art Museum, Berkeley, California

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Wakefield City Art Gallery, Yorkshire, England

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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