NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Directors of Marlborough
Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of Louise Bourgeois:
Prints, an exhibition of graphic works by the artist. The exhibition
will open on Thursday, September 14th, with a reception from 6-8 pm
and will continue through October 14th, 2017.
A French-American sculptor whose body of work in fabric,
bronze and stone continues to influence subsequent generations
of artists, Bourgeois was also a prolific printmaker throughout
her storied career. An avid experimenter, she utilized a variety of
printmaking techniques including drypoint, aquatint, embossing
and lithography. The exhibition will include prints created from
1988-2007 and will highlight the artist’s lifelong themes of
childhood, motherhood, familial identity and human sexuality.
The private mythologies of Louise Bourgeois, comprised of cryptic
fascinations that are simultaneously dark and playful, became
her own kind of visual public biography. Spiders as stand-ins for
the matriarch and a precocious child within an artistic adult are
among the evocative staples of her drawn and painted vocabulary. The graphic work by Bourgeois
presents isolated body parts, animal and insect imagery, breastfeeding women and anthropomorphic
furniture in black and white as well as primary colors with mastery of line and a sculptor’s sense of
depth and gravity.
Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911 where she attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She moved to
New York with her husband in 1938. She worked as an artist and taught at the Pratt Institute, Cooper
Union, Brooklyn College, and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. In
1982, Bourgeois was the first female artist to be selected for a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of
Modern Art in New York. She died on May 31, 2010.
Works by the artist can be found in numerous collections around the world including The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Hirshhorn Museum
and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Davos Collection,
Zurich, Switzerland; Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy and The
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO.