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Adieu LouBou

May 31st, 2010
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    Louise Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010)

    Artdaily obit

    Artist Louise Bourgeois, whose sculptures exploring women’s deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death were highly influential on younger artists, died Monday, her studio’s managing director said.
    Bourgeois had continued creating artwork — her latest pieces were finished just last week — before suffering a heart attack Saturday night, said the studio director, Wendy Williams.

    Great obit from Adrian Seale

    He salutes her dirty mind and tender heart …
    Her art was one of transformations, of ferocious vulnerability and tender violence.

    R.I.P Lou Bou

    died on Monday at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 98.
    The death was reported by Wendy Williams, the managing director of the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

  • Life in pictures (Guggenheim)

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    Stretch of time

  • Louise Bourgeois archive since 2004 here

    Louise Bourgeois at 98

    December 25th, 2009

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    Louise Bourgeois by Ueltz Hoeffer

    Happy Birthday Louise Bourgeois! She is 98 years old.

    Louise Bourgeois: Well… I guess that’s what you’d call ‘the conscious’
    “I am a scientific person. I believe in psychoanalysis, in philosophy. For me the only thing that matters is the tangible.” -Louise Bourgeois (via)

    I like these feet and click next page for angry cat (two drawings by Loubou )

    Antony Gormley interviewed about Louise Bourgeois on BBC1’s Imagine (youtube)

  • Ferocious Emotion and Ideas

    December 25th, 2008

    She celebrates her ninety-seventh birthday today (December 25th, 2008)

    Her hand louiseb1 photographed by Holger Kiefel

    what she can do with her hands. That includes drawing, etching, molding, carving in stone, casting in metal, constructing with wood, sewing, embroidering, and turning antique shop and Dumpster salvage into walk-in assemblages. (NYtimes)

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    the blind leading the blind <> <> <> the night

    She still holds Sunday gatherings with emerging artists and remains as demanding and challenging to younger artists, as she has been toward her own work.” (via)

    Spider woman
    (More complete and comprehensive coverage by Joanne Mattera)

    Ode à LouBou

    December 25th, 2006

    Happy Birthday! Louise Bourgeois is 95 years old today.

    Paddle Woman Louise Bourgois Drawing

    Louise Bourgois Drawing Eccentric Growth

    Louise Bourgois Drawing
    (2006 Drawing images from artnet.com)

    More images at Barbara Krakow gallery

    Don’t forget her sculptures, here is one.

    The Material Sublime: “Ode à L’Oubli” (Ode to the Forgotten) celebrates a new edition of twenty-five books in which Louise Bourgeois remembers a long past in abstract elements.
    Rap and celebrate Life with Louise Bourgeois (2006, 2005, 2004)
    by clicking the sidebar menu of Louise Bourgeois under Art.

    Celebrate Life with Louise Bourgeois – Dec 25, 2005

    December 24th, 2005

    Happy Birthday!
    Louise Bourgeois is 94 years old today. Her rap was a big hit among my friends when we celebrated her birthday last year.

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    From Cut in Two:
    A Conversation Between Louise Bourgeois and Cheryl Kaplan.
    “Bourgeois’ sculptures and installations use hooks, guillotines and sculptural incisions as flaying devices related to a disruptive past. Bourgeois uses events she saw as a young girl during and after WWI when large numbers of men returned from battle as amputees. Body parts are frequently the subject of her work. ”

    The Walters Art Museum and the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore will present Louise Bourgeois: Femme, an exploration of the artist Louise Bourgeois’ fascination with the female form through a groundbreaking “intervention,” on view Feb. 11 through May 21, 2006 at both museums.

    Louise as beast Louis Bourgeois 2
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    Knots – R.D. Laing + Drawing by Louise Bourgeois

    January 23rd, 2005

    Drawing by Drawing by Louise Bourgois Louise Bourgeois.

    Positive and Negative Binds

    Negative: Can’t win. Everything I do is wrong.
    Positive: Can’t lose. Everything I do is right.
    I do it, beacuse it is right.
    It is right, because I do it.

    They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a
    game. If I show them I see they are, I
    shall breake the rules and they will punish me.
    I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.

    Knots by R.D. Laing

    “The specifically human feature of human groupings can be exploited to turn them into the semblance of non-human systems. ….All those people who seek to control the behaviour of large numbers of other people work on the experiences of those other people. Once people can be induced to experience a situation in a similar way, they can be expected to behave in similar ways. Induce people all to want the same thing, hate the same things, feel the same threat, then their behaviour is already captive – you have acquired your consumers or your cannon-fodder.”
    From Politics of Experience, ch.4 1967
    More links here

    Celebrate Life With Louise Bourgeois

    December 24th, 2004

    Happy Birthday!
    Louise Clowning
    Louise Boourgeois was born on Dec. 25, 1911 in Paris. (Capricorn
    with Moon in Aquarius – other famous people with this combo are – Muhammed Ali, Cary Grant, Nixon, Diane Keaton) One word to describe these people – Louise herself said it – Irrepressible, ambitious, eccentric and successful. If Muhammed Ali was reborn as French woman, she would sound like this. Click on Otte to listen. (Melody, text and voice: Louise Bourgeois)

    Images from Artfactsnet

    “Her hand-colored artbook the puritan, was conceived and written in 1947,
    but she did not begin making it until 1989.” from
    “What Is Art?”

    Louise’ French Childhood was explored here with other creative geniuses.

    Louise Bourgeois archive since 2004 here

    France, Childhood, and Genius

    December 17th, 2004

    Pain, Trauma and Finding Oneself
    Marguerite Duras a 15ans

    The Photo shows Marguerite Duras at 15 years. Sarraute, Duras, Truffaut, and Louise Bourgeois are four French geniuses whose childhoods are well documented. Exploring the links between childhood experiences and the later emergence of creative genius are some of the following:

    Marguerite Duras In Sa Dec, Vietnam is the setting for Duras’s autobiographical novel Lovers.


    Natalie Sarraute
    Childhood (out of print – astonishing writing on memory )
    Jane Kramer, The New Yorker wrote – “Childhood is a dialogue with memory, a merciless coaxing of memory into images and then into refractions of images, until memory is stripped of sentiment and becomes something close to sensation itself. ”
    Nathalie Sarraute Enfance

    Erica Bauermeister observes in reviewing Childhood, “Reading Childhood is like watching a memory at work. Images and moments from Nathalie Sarraute’s early years are presented in chronological order but without any attempt to fill in the gaps that are naturally present when a mind looks back ten, twenty, thirty years. What emerges is still a story: the childhood of a young girl living in the first half of the twentieth century who divides her time between her divorced parents in Russia and France. By dismissing the need for a cohesive narrative, Nathalie Sarraute gives her memories immediacy. Her search for truth brings in a second voice that interrupts, testing, reassuring, prompting, creating a dialogue. Childhood puts the reader in a child’s place as she relives the ritual of cutting open the pages of a book, the love for a favorite doll, the pain of intentional and unintentional slights, the joy of creating a first story, and the confusion of being passed back and forth between two different sets of parents.”

    Francois Truffaut

    Francois Truffaut The 400 Blows The light and darkness of childhood is explored by John Conomos from Senses of Cinema.14 Jun 04 “A child’s eyes register fast. Later he develops the film” Rivette says “In speaking of himself, he is speaking of us”

    Louise Bourgeois

    Louise Bourgeois – “My childhood never lost its magic, never lost its mystery, and never lost its drama.”