The ninth artist that will be highlighted is: LOUISE BOURGEOIS:
According to her Wikipedia page: “Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a French-American artist. Although she is best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker. She explored a variety of themes over the course of her long career including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the unconscious. These themes connect to events from her childhood which she considered to be a therapeutic process. Although Bourgeois exhibited with the Abstract Expressionists and her work has much in common with Surrealism and Feminist art, she was not formally affiliated with a particular artistic movement.”
Wikipedia continues: “In 1954, Bourgeois joined the American Abstract Artists Group, with several contemporaries, among them Barnett Newman and Ad Reinhardt. At this time she also befriended the artists Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock. As part of the American Abstract Artists Group, Bourgeois made the transition from wood and upright structures to marble, plaster and bronze as she investigated concerns like fear, vulnerability and loss of control. This transition was a turning point. She referred to her art as a series or sequence closely related to days and circumstances, describing her early work as the fear of falling which later transformed into the art of falling and the final evolution as the art of hanging in there. Her conflicts in real life empowered her to authenticate her experiences and struggles through a unique art form.”
MOMA is a wonderful resource for images of Louise and her work, please check out https://www.moma.org/s/lb/curated_lb/
There is a interesting looking documentary on Louise called: “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine” that I have managed to locate and will be viewing it during the month.
I am also in the process of hunting down a good biography of Louise and there are a couple of strong contenders: “Louise Bourgeois” by Frances Morris and “Louise Bourgeois: An Intimate Portrait” by
Please check out the White Rooster Studio Facebook page during the month of February for more photos of Louise and images of her work.
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