Erin, which piece in the sale would you gift and to whom?
I would love to gift Pink Days by Louise Bourgeois to a close friend who just became a mother only a few months ago. Louise Bourgeois' works are centered around the themes of motherhood, family and the passage of time; in exploring these themes, she has repeatedly alluded to this idea of "pink days," referring to the protective shell that the artist's mother enveloped her with as a child. It was a period of happiness and protective tranquility that only her own mother could provide.
I thought it would be an appropriate gift for a friend who is incredibly patient, resourceful and protective — someone I know who will be the kind of mother that will give her own child this memory of tranquil "pink days."
Which piece in the sale would you most like to keep for yourself, and why?
Louise Bourgeois' Couples would be the top pick for myself, not only because she's one of the most recognizable figures in modern and contemporary art but because the image itself is so wonderful. The women look fabulous with their red heels and extravagant hair. Most importantly, they look so happy.
This imagery is known to be related to a performance piece that Bourgeois executed in 1992. She created a 178-foot long banner that was tightly wrapped around a single male figure. Other performers would slowly unwrap and rewrap a man and woman embracing. During this act of wrapping and unwrapping, the text "She Lost It" would become visible to the audience. Throughout Bourgeois' life, the artist harbored an anxiety about holding onto the ones she loved. The more I get to know her work, and the more I learn about the artist's life and process, a new layer of meaning is revealed.