Nancy Spero & Kiki Smith


13 November 2003 - 18 April 2004

A major exhibition of the work of two prominent American artists, Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith.

From two different generations, both artists share a history in feminism and an experience of the New York art world. Working in an essentially figurative style and sharing a visual language rooted in the female body, Spero and Smith’s art addresses issues of the feminine across cultures and mythologies. This exhibition draws attention to thematic, cultural and physical affinities existing in the work of these two artists.

Both artists represent a carnivalesque exploration and celebration of the feminine, from victimisation to liberation, freedom and desire. Sculptural and wall based pieces are interspersed across three floors, presenting works of great variety, subtlety, beauty and power.

The show presents most of Spero’s major works including her signature-style scrolls, which combine images and texts with some extending over 200 feet, as well as two decades of key sculptural female figures by Kiki Smith.

This is the first time these two artists have presented their work in a joint exhibition, which will form the largest presentation of the artists’ work to date.

Guest curated by Jon Bird

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