Wednesday, February 17, 2016

'Mumbling Beauty' Louise Bourgeois

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Last fall Thames & Hudson published photographer Alex Van Gelder's Mumbling Beauty | Louise Bourgeois (November 2015). For two years, 2008 to 2010, Gelder made a project of photographing the dramatic and physically expressive Bourgeois—at home and in the studio, while working and resting, in play and in rage. The book's 81 color portraits of the artist are remarkable. In her Harper's review, Christine Smallwood describes the images as "alternately monstrous and endearing".

On February 24, as part of the Artist Dialogue Series at the New York Public Library, the photographer and Bourgeois's friend and assistant Jerry Gorovoy will talk with moderator Arezoo Moseni about Gelder's book and Gorovoy's conversation with Bourgeois about her collaboration with Gelder. The program, which is free, is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Celeste Auditorium of the Stephen A. Schawarzman Building. Copies of the book may be purchased at the end of the event.

Currently showing in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., is "Louise Bourgeois: No Exit". Included among the 21 works on view are three pen drawings, the print project He Disappeared into Complete Silence, three sculptures, the illustrated book the puritan, and the drawing My Hand. The exhibition continues through May 15. (Listen to an audio tour with exhibition curator Judith Brodie. A link is provided on the exhibition page.)

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) Profiles: Art21The Art StoryCheim Read, The Easton Foundation*

* Louise Bourgeois created The Easton Foundation as a nonprofit, charitable organization. The foundation is dedicated to preserving the artist's legacy and promoting scholarship and awareness of her life and work. It is headed by Jerry Gorovoy.

See Arthur Lubow's "A Look Inside the Louise Bourgeois House, Just How She Left It", The New York Times, January 20, 2016. 

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