Friday, April 23, 2010

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois
Mid 1990s

Louise Bourgeois is 98 years old and still produces work. Her works are usually sculptural in nature, and she has worked with a variety of media over her 60+ year career. Her themes range from anxiety, sexuality, interpersonal relationships and definitions and expectations of femininity. Her cell series focuses on feelings of entrapment and anxiety on both a personal and societal scale.

Her work is significant when it is put up against the timeline of american art from the 1940s on. She knew of the Surrealists but did not follow their avant garde style, she embraced organic form and shape when the art world centered on geometric abstraction and minimalism. Her work has stayed true to her own personal message in all the years she has been working, regardless of the greater attention she has been receiving the longer she works.

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