Cologne: Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, 1987. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's white stiff paper wraps, upper wrap lettered in black.
"These Artaud paintings are perhaps my exorcizing of demons. No one can exorcize or excuse the demons who actually torment women." Exhibition catalog for a 1987 Galerie Rudolf Zwirner show (Köln, Germany) of late artist Nancy Spero's paintings based on the late, tormented writings of French dramatist, poet and essayist Antonin Artaud. Spero began incorporating Artaud into her work in 1969 after reading his surrealist poetry. Attracted to his "extreme language," Spero began a quasi-collaborative series, fragmenting texts of Artaud's that "pushed language to the limit" and collaging them with painted figures and symbols of her own. As a pioneer in feminist art, Spero was asked why she chose to appropriate the words of a man in her work rather than a woman, to which she replied: "...in choosing Artaud, I chose a pariah, a madman. He was the other, a brilliant artist, a victim running in circles." Spero works with and against Artaud in her series, utilizing his language as a vehicle through which to express her own political opinions and personal sufferings. Illustrated throughout with color plates; with an interview with Spero by curator Barbara Flynn. Copy numbered 875 of 1000 (from a total limitation of 1100). Light soiling to edgewear to wraps. Very good. Item #1817