Louise Bourgeois
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Louise Bourgeois
UNTITLED  1947-49
Bronze, painted white and blue, and stainless steel
66 x 12 x 12 inches
167.6 x 30.5 x 30.5 centimeters


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Internationally renowned artist, Louise Bourgeois, was born in Paris in 1911. Although she lived in New York from 1938 until her death in 2010, much of her inspiration was derived from her early childhood in France. The family’s prosperous business was the restoration and resale of seventeenth and eighteenth-century tapestries. She often spoke of her early, emotionally conflicted family life; her practical and affectionate mother, who was an invalid and her father’s domineering disposition, as well as his marital infidelities.

 

Using the body as a primary form, Bourgeois explored the full range of the human condition. From poetic drawings to room size installations, she was able to give her fears a physical form in order to exorcise them. Memories, love and abandonment are the core of her complex body of work. Bourgeois was named Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French minister of culture in 1983. Other honors included the Grand Prix National de Sculpture from the French government in 1991; the National Medal of Arts, presented to her by President Bill Clinton in 1997; the first lifetime achievement award from the International Sculpture Center in Washington D.C,; and election as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1993 she was chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. Louise Bourgeois's work appears in the most important museum collections worldwide and has been the subject of several major traveling retrospectives organized by the Tate Modern, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, The Brooklyn Museum and The Kunstverein, Frankfurt.


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Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back
February 14 - May 17, 2015
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Louise Bourgeois: Suspension
October 30, 2014 - January 10, 2015
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The Women in Our Life: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Exhibition
June 30 – September 17, 2011
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From a collection of Abstract Works on Paper 1941 - 1971
October 29 – December 30, 2010
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Abstractions by Gallery Artists
September 24 – October 3, 2009
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The Female Gaze
Women Look At Women
June 25 – September 19, 2009
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I Am As You Will Be
The Skeleton in Art
September 20 – November 3, 2007
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Circa 70: Lynda Benglis and Louise Bourgeois
June 21 – August 31, 2007
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Soutine and Modern Art
The New Landscape/The New Still Life
June 22 – September 8, 2006
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Soutine and Modern Art
The New Landscape/The New Still LIfe
May 31, 2006
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Louise Bourgeois
The Reticent Child
October 21 – December 31, 2004
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Liquid Properties
Artists include: Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Richmond Burton, Adam Fuss, Mary Heilmann, David Hines, Gary Hume, Dona Nelson, Jack Pierson, Pat Steir, Juan
July 6 – August 3, 2001
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Couples
Artists include: Diane Arbus, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Billingham, Larry Clark, John Currin, Adam Fuss, Nan Goldin, Philip Guston, Jenny Holzer, Alex Katz, Mik
January 6 – February 26, 2000
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Bacon, Bourgeois & Messerschmidt
Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois &the 18th Century artist Franz Xaver MesserschmidtA Juxtaposition of the Three ArtistsCurated by French Art Historian & Direc
November 18, 1998 – January 9, 1999
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Louise Bourgeois
Cinq Notes Sur L'Oeuvre deLouise Bourgeois
October 31, 1998
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Louise Bourgeois / Jenny Holzer
Louise Bourgeois: Spider 1996 andJenny Holzer: The Living Series 1980 – 1982
February 14 – April 13, 1997

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