Nancy Spero at Galerie Lelong

Nancy Spero
, “Lovers IX,” 1965
. Courtesy Galerie Lelong.

Nancy Spero‘s Un Coup de Dent opened this week at Galerie Lelong, New York. The Season 4 artist exhibits an early body of expressionistic works referred to as the Black Paintings, as well as related drawings created between 1954 and 1965.

Made while she was living in France, the Black Paintings are somber works-on-paper, images of lovers, mothers and children, and bestiaries that allude to “existential oppositions and emotional turmoil.”  Spero worked on these paintings over a long period of time and often at night, haunting them with the romantic, nightmarish, and mythic sensibilities of the bewitching hours.

Un Coup de Dent  runs through February 21st.

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