Louise Bourgeois in Beijing
I was lucky enough to see Louise Bourgeois powerful retrospective in 2007 at the Tate, and have wanted to see more of her work ever since. Experimenting across a diverse range of media – sculpture, painting, drawing, installation and sound – she has fashioned materials as traditional as marble and bronze as well as contemporary as nylon into equally compelling and intensely personal works. The Faurschou Foundation, a private collection with outposts in Copenhagen and Beijing, opens a retrospective of Bourgeois’s seven-decade this week career – her first survey show in China. Louise Bourgeois: Alone and Together will include the iconic works for which she is renowned including her emotionally charged Cell installations, to her soft sculptures and her fierce spider sculptures, a metaphor for her mother (who was in the tapestry business) with metaphors of spinning, weaving, nurture and protection. The exhibition is curated by Jerry Gorovoy, Bourgeois’s longtime assistant, who has selected a body of work that reveals the central themes and rhythms of her confessional work including betrayal, anxiety and loneliness.
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