"Black and the Red III," details (1994)

"Black and the Red III," details, 1994
Handprinting and printed collage on paper; 22 panels, each approximately 19 1/2 x 96 1/2 inches. Installation view: Malmö Konsthall, Sweden. Photo by David Reynolds.
© Nancy Spero, courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

"The figures that were black and red were taken from Greek vases, the ancient Greek vases on which the images were black on red. I don’t know if the image of what I call the dildo dancer was from a vase, but in any case I transformed it. I loved that figure when I first saw it; it was so full of vitality. Everything I show here is exaggerated; it’s all from my imagination- all of these highly sexualized poses and activities, all either murderous or joyous. I like the idea that I can have that freedom. I’m really grateful."

- Nancy Spero