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Nancy Spero's Mother and Children (2) (1956)

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Artist Nancy Spero Bullish on Kate Winslet’s Oscar Shot

Now 82, the New York–based artist Nancy Spero has been plumbing the totems and taboos of the human (especially female) psyche for more than a half-century, and her early work on view at Galerie Lelong still retains much of its primal, evocative power. The earth mother in this painting, for instance, holds two figurine-like children in an ambivalent clutch. Is she
cradling them, or using their bodies to shield herself? The mystery deepens — could it be Kate Winslet practicing her Oscar speech?

Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong