Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Louise Bourgeois, 1911–2010

Louise Bourgeois, Couple, 2004, in "The Female Gaze" at Cheim & Read, June 25–September 19, 2009. Photo: 16 Miles [more]

The great artist Louise Bourgeois has died. When I was a docent giving tours at Dia:Beacon, the floor devoted to her sculpture almost always got the most enthusiastic, sustained reactions from visitors. After the rigid, imposing geometry of Heizer, Judd, and Serra, Bourgeois' work, tucked away in a sprawling space above those men, always felt like a revelation: a breath of new (though not necessarily safer) air.

She was the first woman to have a large-scale retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (in 1982!), the first artist to take over Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, and hosted a salon in Chelsea that became a rite of passage for many New York artists, though there are thousands of reasons to remember her work and life, not least her unflagging belief in and commitment to new art. I wrote a brief obituary; here are some wonderful ones:
  • Carolina Miranda, WNYC: "Louise Bourgeois, the diminutive French-born artist, who was renowned for her practically sinister abstract and figurative sculptures, has died in New York at the age of 98."

  • Adrian Searle, The Guardian: "The art of Louise Bourgeois puts the feeble one-hit wonders, the diamond skulls, the next-big-thing careerist chancers and the defenders of this or that latest tendency in their place."

  • Michael Glover, The Independent: "Some of her most celebrated works were her soft sculptures – she inherited from her parents a love of sewing – made from fabrics and stuffing. She helped to dignify the idea of softness, to give it gravity and feeling."

  • Jerry Saltz, New York: "Where many artists who incorporate their biographies become slaves to them, and flog them in cloying ways, Bourgeois was always removed and skeptical, as filled with anger as she was with wit and incredulity."

  • Holland Cotter, The New York Times: "'I have a religious temperament,' Ms. Bourgeois, a professed atheist, said about the emotional and spiritual energy that she poured into her work. 'I have not been educated to use it. I’m afraid of power. It makes me nervous. In real life, I identify with the victim. That’s why I went into art.'" [Also available at the Globe & Mail]


LCc 03 said...

cheap oakley sunglasses
tiffany and co outlet
cheap real jordans
lacoste outlet
adidas superstar
nfl jerseys from china
tiffany jewelry
michael kors outlet
timberland outlet
skechers shoes

千禧 Xu said...

michael kors outlet online
michael kors handbags wholesale
michael kors outlet
nike air max 90
new york knicks
michael kors outlet
tennessee titans jersey
michael kors handbags
reebok shoes
los angeles clippers

Hua Cai said...

tiffany jewelry
canada goose outlet
nike free 5.0
gucci outlet online
pandora jewellery
louis vuitton
fitflops sale
michael kors handbags
tory burch outlet
cheap ray bans

Anonymous said...

Award Winning Indian short Films
new hindi short films
Top Indian Web Series
Best Hindi short Movies

Anonymous said...

Zakir Khan Stand Up comedy
stand up comedy tickets
Stand up comedy Shows in India
Best Stan Up Comedians

Link Alternatif Twinpoker88 said...

articles as a very interesting and rewarding once, and pardon me permission to share articles here hopefully helpful and useful :

Link Alternatif Twinpoker88

link alternatif

Link Alternatif Twinpoker88

Link Alternatif Twinpoker88

Link Alternatif Twinpoker88

Parul Sharma said...

best security surveillance company in south delhi

ankita said...

pest control service

pest control service in gurgaon

pest control service in gurugram

pest control service in delhi

pest control service in noida

pest control service in east delhi

pest control service in north delhi

pest control service in west delhi

pest control service in south delhi

jack lynn said...

termite eradication

cockroach infestation control

bedbug infestation control

Parul Sharma said...

cctv installation companies in gurugram

Cara Mengobati Ablasio Retina Tanpa Operasi said...

Nice Article ;)

Pengobatan Efektif Atasi Masitis
Pengobatan Infeksi Kulit Selulitis
Cara Mengobati Sistitis Sampai Tuntas
Obat Untuk Sembuhkan Radang Rahim
Pengobatan Atasi Aritmia
Pengobatan Untuk Mengatasi Infeksi Rahim

Obat gagal ginjal said...

thank you very useful information admin, and pardon me permission to share articles here may help :

Obat perlemakan hati ampuh
Obat herbal rangen kutu air
Obat gagal ginjal tanpa cuci darah
Obat pemecah batu ginjal
Obat untuk menghancurkan batu ginjal
Cara menyembuhkan paru paru basah
Cara menyembuhkan jantung lemah

chenminghui said...

canada goose uk
jordan shoes
air max 90
polo ralph lauren
cheap nfl jerseys
adidas yeezy
pandora charms
polo outlet
mont blanc
kate spade outlet online

Obat infeksi rahim ampuh said...

thank you very useful information admin, and pardon me permission to share articles here may help :

Obat klep jantung bocor herbal
Obat tumor jinak tanpa operasi

Cara menyembuhkan radang usus buntu said...

the article is very helpful, thank you. sorry my permission share article here :

Obat herbal jantung lemah
Obat herbal dislokasi sendi
Cara mengatasi alzheimer
Obat fibromyalgia ampuh
Obat escherichia coli ampuh
Obat infeksi stafilokokus ampuh
Cara mengatasi kaki keseleo

Obat herbal penyumbatan pembuluh darah said...

thank you very useful information admin, and pardon me permission to share articles here may help :

Obat herbal darah tersumbat
Obat herbal diabetes
Obat bronkitis ampuh
Obat herbal darah tersumbat
Obat jantung berdebar
Obat herbal penyumbatan pembuluh darah
Obat herbal ablasio retina