NYC | Louise Bourgeois’s prints and illustrated books. From September 24, 2017 at MoMA
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - October 27, 2017
On view at Museum of Modern Art, from September 24, 2017 through January 28, 2018, “Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait” explores the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010).
cover: Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). Lacs de Montagne. 1997. Engraving, etching, aquatint, and drypoint. Sheet: 23 13/16 x 29″ (60.5 x 73.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.
Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre, a little-known aspect of her work, is vast in scope and comprises some 1,200 printed compositions, created primarily in the last two decades of her life but also at the beginning of her career, in the 1940s. The Museum of Modern Art has a prized archive of this material, and the exhibition will highlight works from the collection along with rarely seen loans. A special installation will fill the Museum’s Marron Atrium.
The exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of Bourgeois’s prints and illustrated books.
It places these mediums within the context of the artist’s overall practice and sheds new light on her creative process. The exhibition includes 265 prints (including those in books and series), 23 sculptures, nine drawings, and two early paintings.
Untitled, from the portfolio, Ode à ma mère. 1995. Drypoint. Sheet: 11 13/16 x 11 13/16″ (30 x 30 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.
Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). Triptych for the Red Room. 1994. Aquatint, drypoint, and engraving. Sheet (a): 27 13/16 x 32 5/16″ (70.6 x 82.1 cm); sheet (b): 27 13/16 x 42 1/16″ (70.7 x 106.8 cm); sheet (c): 27 7/8 x 37 5/8″ (70.8 x 95.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.
Spiral Woman. 2003. Drypoint and engraving. Sheet: 17 x 15″ (43.2 x 38.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.
Louise Bourgeois is organized by Deborah Wye, Chief Curator Emerita of the former Department of Prints and Illustrated Books—a longtime friend of the artist’s and a leading scholar of her work—with Sewon Kang, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.
“Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait”
September 24, 2017 / January 28, 2018
MoMA -11 West 53 Street, Manhattan, NYC
Floor Three, The Edward Steichen Galleries, and Floor Two, The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium.
Louise Bourgeois at the printing press in the lower level of her home/studio on 20th Street, New York, 1995. Photograph by and © Mathias Johansson
Images courtesy of https://www.moma.org/.
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