Louise Bourgeois in Tate Modern

Art is a guarantee of sanity.”- Louise Bourgeois

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Copyright: Photo by Jeremy Pollard

In Tate Modern’s new building, Louise Bourgeois has a place in one of the ARTIST ROOMS. As a celebrated female contemporary artist, Bourgeois strongly influenced The Guerrilla Girls, Tracey Emin or Sophie Calle that we know today.

 

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Copyright: The Easton Foundation, photo Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) is a French-American artist, famous for her large-scale sculpture and installation works of an often darker or disturbing appearance. She explores a lot of personal themes such as family, sexuality, death or subconscious, as well as strong emotions of anger or jealousy, experienced throughout her traumatic childhood.

 

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Louise Bourgeois- Spider (1994)

To create her sculptures, Bourgeois also experienced with then unusual materials such as latex, plaster found objects, steel, cotton or thread. Although she is now often assimilated to surrealists or feminists, she has always kept her uniqueness, pushing the boundaries further, while investigating  the meaning of womanhood through her recurring motif of spiders and entwined fabric bodies.

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Cabinet of curiosities- a collection of Bourgeois’s art pieces

Louise Bourgeois began to make her self-enclosed structures known as Cells
in 1989 to reflect on fear and anxieties. The meaning of the word “Cell” refers both to a prison and to body cells.                                                                                                                              The objects Bourgeois chooses for her “cell” installations signals the influence of Marcel Duchamp and his ‘readymade’. Nonetheless, Bourgeois’s  range of objects is rooted in memory and biography whereas Duchamp’s selections are more of a conceptual nature.

 

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Louise Bourgeois- Cell (Eyes and Mirrors) 1989-93
“It is the quality of your eyes and the strength of your eyes that are expressed here. Nobody is going to keep me from seeing what is instead of what I would like.”

 

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