Barbara Gross Galerie

Nancy Spero

(American, 1926–2009)

color guard by nancy spero

Nancy Spero

Color Guard, 2001

dildo dancer by nancy spero

Nancy Spero

Dildo Dancer, 1991

el salvador by nancy spero

Nancy Spero

El Salvador, 1984–1985

elegy ii by nancy spero

Nancy Spero

Elegy II, 1983

explicit-the apple by nancy spero

Nancy Spero

Explicit-The Apple, 1994

female symbols by nancy spero

Nancy Spero

Female Symbols, 1981



Born in Cleveland, OH
1944 - 1945
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1945 - 1949
Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1949 - 1950
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Marries Leon Golub, New York, NY
Founding member of the A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
1976 - 1977
CAPS Fellowship, New York State Council on the Arts, New York, NY
1977 - 1978
National Endowment for the Arts Grant
Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Skowhegan Medal for Works on Paper


Every Exit is An Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art, Exit Art, New York, New York
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
Spirits of Internationalism: 6 European Collections 1956- 1986, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium
Loin des yeux près du corps, Galerie de l’UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Nancy Spero: The Rebirth, HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts, Dresden, Germany (solo)
“Nancy Spero: Works from the 1980s,” Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany (solo)
“Abstract Expressionism and its Discontents,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Heroínas,” Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fundación Caja Madrid, Spain
“Signs of Life: Ancient Knowledge in Contemporary Art,” Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern Germany
“Diabolique,” Galerie de L’UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal, Quebec, Canada
“The Visible Vagina,” David Nolan Gallery, New York, New York
“Face History,” Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, England
“Babel,” FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Public Collections

University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
Frac Nord Pas de Calais, France
Centro Cultural, Mexico City
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Australian National Gallery
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Akron Art Museum, Ohio
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut


NANCY SPERO: Weighing the Heart Against a Feather of Truth. Spain: Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, 2004
Sosa, Ana Teresa. Nancy Spero/Leon Golub. Caracas, Venezuela: Museo Jacobo Borges, 1998 (catalogue)
Nancy Spero: The Work, Christopher Lyon, Editions Prestel