Nancy Spero, Pamela Wye and Marysia Lewandowska; NYC; 28/3/88

This conversation starts with a discussion about the woman artist versus the male artist. The woman artist is often portrayed as a figure rebelling against repression. This enables male artists to critique female artists on the whole, pigeonholing their artwork as expressionistic. Spero comments that male artists also make work that reflects their emotional state; and in turn perform misogyny.

The topic of forming alliances comes up as a means of dealing with the complex feelings, doubt and rage that woman artists often have concerning their role and prospect as artists. Lewandowska talks about her reason for founding the WAA as way of building informal structures based on conversation that can function as invisible support. According to Lewandowska, cultural anarchy occurs in conversation. Spero comments that even Barbara Kruger (who was experiencing great success at the time of the recording) had expressed much doubt about her work.

They discuss Spero's recent exhibition at the ICA in London and the critical review by Lucy Lippard. Another review is spoken about - the latest exhibition of Rosemarie Trockel, where Spero is mentioned in reference to Trockel's work. There is a discussion about the importance of mentioning names of related artists in critical art writing to recognize the discourse as a community.


Accession No. WAA.002
Artist: Nancy Spero, Pamela Wye and Marysia Lewandowska
Container annotation: Nancy Spero & Pamela Wye and ML,
Place/Year: NYC 28/3/88
Type: Private Conversation
Technical aspects: Very clear. Music in background. Stereo
Duration: 90'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: TDK

Tagged: 1988