2022 Fundraising Auction Item: Effaced Nabokov
Title: Effaced Nabokov
Artist: Buzz Spector
Materials: Altered found book
Dimensions: 9 1/2 × 6 1/2 × 1 3/4 in
Estimated Value: $8,000
Starting Bid: $6,000
About the Artist
Buzz Spector (b. 1948, Chicago) was educated at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and then the University of Chicago, where he received a master of fine arts from the Committee of Art and Design.
Internationally recognized as an artist and critic, his work has been exhibited in museums throughout the United States and Europe, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Mattress Factory Art Museum (Pittsburgh), and the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art (Prato, Italy).
Spector is also a highly accomplished teacher who received the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award in 2013. Having taught previously at Cornell University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is currently a Professor of Art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Spector’s art explores the book, text, and the individual experience of perception through wide-ranging media including sculpture, photography, artists’ books, printmaking, and installation. In 2012 Sara Ranchouse Publishing issued Buzzwords, a collection of new page art and interviews with Spector spanning thirty years of his work and ideas.