Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was born in Paris and lived and worked in New York. Arguably one of the most important female artists of the 20th century, Louise Bourgeois gained widespread recognition at seventy years old, and had her first retrospective in 1982 at MoMA, New York. Bourgeois’s works include paintings, drawings, and, at a later stage, sculptures. While altering materials and scales for her myriad of sculptures, interchanging between abstract and figurative representations, Bourgeois endlessly reformulated a single issue: her own feelings of jealousy, anger, and anxiety in an attempt to understand her raison d’être. Bourgeois has presented shows at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2014), The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (2013), ARTIST ROOMS, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK (2013), Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico (2013), Freud Museum, London, UK (2013), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany (2012), Tate Modern, London, UK (2000), Musée National d’art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1994), Museum of Modern Art, New York, US (1994), Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France (1994), Musée du Dessin et de l’Estampe Originale, Gravelines, France (1994), Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (1994), American Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (1993), Dia Art Foundation, New York, US (1989),  Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (1985), Museum of Modern Art, New York, US (1982), toured Texas, Chicago and Ohio, US (1982), Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, US (1981) and Peridot Gallery, New York, US (1949-53).

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