One contributor to this retrospective asks: "How is it that an artist whose career spans some seventy years continues to appear vital and contemporary...?" Bourgeois's work, sometimes abstract and sometimes not, is sculpture or installation, may be sewn out of fabric or carved out of wood, and is ever intimate, feminist, eccentric and interesting. The difficulty of memorializing the work of such an extraordinary living artist is handled through a "glossary" of terms, a neat trick that puts "Etching" next to "Existentialism" and "Materials" next to "Maternity." This treatment pairs shorter and longer essays by art critics with excerpts from Bourgeois's diaries and interviews, providing a deep and textured sense of the artist's biography. Personally and creatively, Bourgeois was deeply affected by her mother's tolerance of her father's affair with the daughter's own tutor. Bourgeois's work doesn't follow any clear trajectory, so the episodic nature of this presentation displays her work appropriately. It can be difficult to connect a piece of text to the hundreds of reproductions of the artist's work (many in full spreads), but the overall impression is very effective-a suitable presentation for this intriguing and multifaceted artist. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Louise Bourgeoisby Frances Morris, Marina Warner
This French-born artist emigrated to the United States in 1938. Bourgeois has produced a body of work that spans more than five decades, including over 25 worldwide exhibitions in 2005 alone. Famous for her highly experimental and autobiographical sculptures, Bourgeois's work also includes intimate drawings, paintings, and personal writings. She is a pioneer in
This French-born artist emigrated to the United States in 1938. Bourgeois has produced a body of work that spans more than five decades, including over 25 worldwide exhibitions in 2005 alone. Famous for her highly experimental and autobiographical sculptures, Bourgeois's work also includes intimate drawings, paintings, and personal writings. She is a pioneer in tackling issues of empowerment, sexuality, and the roles of women in her diverse oeuvre. Her art can be found in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. In 1993, Bourgeois represented the United States at the Venice Biennial. Louise Bourgeois presents the artist's long and productive career through a series of essays: a retrospective text, an interview, an analysis, and over 150 images that represent the totality of the artist's output from her earliest work to her most recent projects. This comprehensive volume with its innovative design pays tribute to an original and influential artist and is an essential addition to every contemporary art-lover's collection.
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Marie-Laure Bernadac was curator of the Musée Picasso in Paris, from 1980-1992. She is head curator of the Cabinet des Arts Graphiques du Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. She has written Louise Bourgeois (Flammarion, 1996) and contributed to numerous books on Louise Bourgeois, Picasso, Annette Messager, and Miro. The innovative Paris-based design team M/M created the unique typefaces and the hole-punch series design for the Flammarion Contemporary books.
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