Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works

Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works

by Germano Celant
     
 

A groundbreaking work, edited by Germano Celant in collaboration with the artist and her New York studio, which enriches our knowledge of Louise Bourgeois. Over a long career she worked through most of the twentieth century's avant-garde artistic movements from abstraction to realism, yet always remained uniquely individual, powerfully inventive, and often at the

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A groundbreaking work, edited by Germano Celant in collaboration with the artist and her New York studio, which enriches our knowledge of Louise Bourgeois. Over a long career she worked through most of the twentieth century's avant-garde artistic movements from abstraction to realism, yet always remained uniquely individual, powerfully inventive, and often at the forefront of contemporary art. She was one of the world’s most respected sculptors, best known for her public-space pieces, grand-scale sculptures of spiders so large they must rest outside. But beginning in the 1960s, she used her own clothing and that of her loved ones as components of her sculptures and designs: a reincarnation of her childhood and her past. Her art would expand into new realms in 2002 when she began to weave together scraps of iridescent-colored fabric, creating works that vary from figures of flowers to chromatic abstractions, constituting a repertoire of truly surprising interweaves. This set of images is collected here in its entirety for the first time, constituting the closest thing yet to a general catalog.

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Publishers Weekly
This elegantly produced and extensive catalogue includes more than 300 sculptures, assemblages, and collages by artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), the majority created after 2002 and accompanying the 2010 Fabric Works exhibition in Venice. "It is not an image that I am seeking," Bourgeois said. "It's not an idea. It is an emotion you want to recreate, an emotion of wanting, of giving, and of destroying." In the 1990s, Bourgeois started using her own and others' clothing to refashion the diverse range of emotions embodied in her sculpture. Photographs of Bourgeois's work are interspersed with her diary entries, poems, and interview excerpts, often provocative ("How much violence is there in you today... how can I possibly find out?") and revealing ("I blame someone when I am upset or when I have failed..."). Art critic Celant's intellectually rigorous and graceful essay prefaces the collection and persuasively contextualizes her fabric works as an autobiographical visual diary connected to Russian Suprematism, Italian Futurism, and the German Bauhaus. A brief but revealing essay by Bourgeois follows, describing her family's deep connection to tapestry making: her mother's roots in Aubusson and her family's renowned tapestry gallery in Paris. This exceptional collection reveals how weaving, fabric, and pattern were literally and metaphorically intrinsic to Bourgeois's recreation of emotion in her art. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788857206547
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Germano Celant, PhD in contemporary art and theory, is the author of more than 100 publications. He is also the curator of hundreds of exhibitions in the most prominent international museums and institutions.

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