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Louise Bourgeois

French-American, 1911–2010

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Louise Bourgeois

French-American, 1911–2010

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Beginning 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, crafting biomorphic forms 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 Rothko.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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High auction record
$32m, Christie's, 2019
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 15 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 30 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 9 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 8 more
Biography

Beginning 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, crafting biomorphic forms 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 Rothko.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$32m, Christie's, 2019
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 15 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 30 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 9 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 8 more
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