Episode: Buzz Spector

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Buzz Spector
My Fiction, 2000c

My Fiction, 2000, Six framed internal dye diffusion prints (Polaroid), 63 x 72 inches, installed

Buzz Spector’s artwork has been the focus of exhibitions in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, and Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA.  His work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception.

Spector has written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture for American Craft, Artforum, Art on Paper, Dialogue, Exposure, and Hand Papermaking, among other publications. His more experimental writing has been published in various journals and reviews since the 1970s, including Benzene, Café Solo, and River Styx. He was a co-founder, with Reagan and Roberta Upshaw, of WhiteWalls: a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and served as editor until 1987.

His most recent book, Buzzwords, selected interviews with Spector, plus new page art, was published in 2012 by Sara Ranchouse Publishing, Chicago. Spector holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

His exhibit at The Center for Book Arts, “Buzz Spector: books under (de-) construction,” opens Friday, October 2, from 6-8 pm. Follow this link to Center for Book Arts.


Important Parts of Religious Experience, 2014, Collaged dust jacket elements on handmade paper, 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches


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