Buzz Spector

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Bruno David is pleased to present Paper
made and unmade, an exhibition of works
on paper by Buzz Spector. This exhibit
will be his fifth solo exhibition with the
gallery. His long history of working with
paper is the subject of Buzz Spector:
Alterations, curated by Gretchen L.
Wagner, and Elizabeth Wyckoff, at the
Saint Louis Art Museum (Nov 20, 2020-
May 31, 2021). A virtual talk “On Edge:
what constitutes drawing in the art of Buzz
Spector” at SLAM is scheduled at noon on
Thursday, February 18, 2021. In
conjunction with Spector’s exhibition,
Bruno David Gallery will publish a
catalogue of the artist’s work with an indepth exhibition history and bibliography.
This new exhibit at Bruno David Gallery, brings together recent works of handmade paper
Spector produced at three studios over the past three years: Megan Singleton in St. Louis,
Helen Frederick in Silver Springs, MD, and Joan Hall in Jamestown RI. These works have not
previously been exhibited.

Buzz Spector is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been shown in such museums as the Art
Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington,
DC, Saint Louis Art Museum, the Luigi Pecci
Centre, Prato, Italy, and the Mattress Factory,
Pittsburgh, PA. He has published a number of
artists’ books and editions since the mid-1970s,
including Buzzwords, selected interviews with
Spector and new page art, issued by Sara
Ranchouse Publishing, Chicago, in 2012. Other
Spector publications include White Insistence, a
limited edition collaboration with poet Michael
Burkhart, self-published by the artist in 2009,
and Time Square, a 2007 limited edition
letterpress book hand altered by the artist,
published by Pyracantha Press at Arizona State
University.

Spector was a co-founder of WhiteWalls, a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and
served as the publication’s editor until 1987. Since then, he has written extensively on topics in
contemporary art and culture, and has contributed reviews and essays to a number of publications,
including American Craft, Artforum, Art Issues, Art on Paper, Exposure, and New Art Examiner.
Spector is the author of numerous exhibition catalogue essays including, most recently, “Body of
Drawing,” a reflection on drawing in the art of Monika Weiss, for the catalog to Weiss’s upcoming
2021 exhibit, Nirbhaya, at the Center of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko, Poland. Other recent essays
include “Dan Ramirez: Music of Spheres,” published in the artist’s 2017 retrospective exhibit at the
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI, and Luis Camnitzer: Forewords and Last Words (Mildred Lane
Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011).

Spector received his M.F.A. from the University of Chicago in 1978, combining studies in art and
philosophy, and studied design and art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he
received his B.A. in 1972. He received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art
Association in 2013. Other recognition includes a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA
Fellowship), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship in 1991, and National Endowment for the
Arts Fellowship Awards in 1982, 1985, and 1991. He is emeritus professor of art in the Sam Fox School
of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

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