I am off to the Armory Show at long last. Excited to see the work by many of my favorites, amongst them Louise Bourgeois. Many think of her for her amazing sculpture and paintings but few are as familiar with her textile work. She had an inspiring show a few years ago at Chiem Read that really made me think about her work differently.
Some of these are almost reminiscent of African textiles and Gee's Bend Quilts while others have a distinctly different reoccurring theme.
her artistic practice in her native Paris, Louise Bourgeois was originally
associated with Surrealism
due to her integration of fantastic elements into her prints and sculptures.
Upon moving to New York in 1938, Bourgeois focused primarily on sculpture,
craftingbiomorphicforms that curator Lucy Lippard has described as enacting the physicality of
the body as experienced from within. Bourgeois’s suggestive organ-like contours
and early use of unconventional materials (like resin, latex, and cloth) allude
to a tension between quintessentially male and female forms. This recurrent
interrogation of the male/female dialectic aligns Bourgeois with the Feminist
movement, but her work has also been examined through the lens of Abstract
Expressionism, as she exhibited with artists such as Robert
Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark
I can't decide if I am more inspired by her work or her life and fabulous sense of style. It's all great! Enjoy and don't forget to download yourArtsy app here before heading off to the shows.