Born in 1948 in Chicago, Buzz Spector is an artist who works in a variety of media including sculpture, installation, printmaking, and book arts. His works often examine the connections between history, personal memory, and perception. In the 1970s, he studied art at Southern Illinois University before earning a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Since 1978, when he co-founded White Walls, a magazine featuring writings by artists, Spector has written critically on contemporary art and culture in a number of publications. Currently, he is Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Although Spector’s artworks are diverse, he frequently returns to the book as an inspiration for both the content and form of his work. Over the course of his career, he has created or contributed to roughly thirty books many of which take the form of altered books that are sculpted through a process of progressive tearing of the book’s pages. Marcel Broodthaers (1990), for example, is a copy of an exhibition catalogue that Spector transformed by brushing its leaves with gesso and tearing out parts of the pages so that the book slopes from left to right. Recent books by Spector include Efface Nabokov (2014) and Altered K (2015).
Spector is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2005), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1991), and the National Endowment for the Arts (1982, 1985, and 1991). His works are found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and others.
Books by Buzz Spector available from Boreas Fine Art:
Spector, Buzz. [ Untitled. ] 1983. An altered book with miniature metal bombs. [ Rumpf, Hans. Das War der Bombenkrieg. Oldenburg : Gerhard Stalling Verlag. 1961 ]
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