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Nancy Spero
Date: American painter and collagist, 1926–2009
Biography: From 1966–1970, Nancy Spero produced War Series: Bombs and Helicopters, a pictorial response to the deep, personal anger she felt for the Vietnam War. Her challenging imagery combines expletives with phallic representations of weapons of mass destruction as a means to depict the atrocities of war. In Maypole War, the artist revisits this earlier series as a reaction to the Middle East conflicts in the mid-2000s.