The MOMA exhibit, Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, showcases the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010).
Bourgeois’s printed work is huge in variety and includes approximately 1,200 printed compositions, created mainly 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 valuable archive of this material, and the exhibition will spotlight works from the collection along with rarely seen loans. A special installation, including the giant spider pictured here, will fill the Museum’s Marron Atrium.
Throughout her career, Bourgeois constantly returned to the themes of her art, all of which came from emotions she struggled with for a lifetime. Her prints and illustrated books are shown in the context of relevant sculptures, drawings, and paintings, and within thematic groupings that explore motifs of architecture, the body, and nature, as well as investigations of abstraction and works made from old garments and household fabrics.
The exhibition assembles around 300 works from Bourgeois and commemorates MOMA’s archive of Bourgeois printsalong with the completion of the online catalogue raisonné, Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books.
Posted by Abraham Lubelski