Monday, January 07, 2008

Louise Bourgeois

One of my favoutite artists, Louise Bourgeois currently has a major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Modern. Bourgeois' lengthy career spans seven decades: she was born in Paris in 1911, moving to New York in 1938 where she still lives and works. Over these momentous years, she's been associated with many of the big art movements, such as surrealism and abstract expressionism, but still, her work crosses boundaries, defies categorisation and makes it's own definitions.

Bourgeois has drawn her own path through this timeline. She’s developed her own approach and attitude to art, sometimes familial, sometimes womanly, sometimes terrifying. In 2002 when asked about art's future role in an interview in DIE ZEIT magazine, she answered, “Making people see reason”.

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