An original and valuable intervention in the fast-growing field of feminist and new art histories, Nancy Spero, Encounters offers a sophisticated interpretation of the work of a highly original and under-represented woman artist.
The study proposes a new model of comparatism within the field of visual studies, mirroring and complementing Spero's dialogic manner of working.
Basing her analyses on extensive research and multiple face-to-face interviews with the artist, Joanna Walker examines how a selection of the artists and art forms Spero cited offer significant points of comparison with her work.
Walker presents Spero's encounters with the art of Ana Mendieta; with the poetry of the American poet H.D.; with the dance of Isadora Duncan; and, turning the lens back on Spero as subject, with the portraits of the artist by Abe Frajndlich.
Also included are transcripts of Walker's interviews with the artist, and a listing of the books contained in Spero's personal library which informed her practice.
Not only does this book cast well-deserved light on an artist who spent most of her career on the margins of the mainstream - it reverses genealogies and revises the traditional remit of the art historical monograph through both its structure and content.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/12/2011
- Category: History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9781409420439
- Paperback / softback from £32.55